Small government ...or industry lobbying?

Yesterday, 4 environmental organizations released their annual legislative scorecard for environmental-related votes.

My opponent scored a 15/100, with a lifetime score...of 8.

I have attached a screenshot as well as the bills that were voted on. The final one, HR 1071, caught my eye, because restricting local laws doesn't seem like a very "conservative" or "small government" thing to do.

So I took a couple minutes to check out this law.

Here's a link: Keeping PA Safe...For Plastic Bags

The measure would "make it unlawful for any county, city or town in Pennsylvania to impose a ban or tax on lightweight plastic bags commonly used by retailers."

Now, why would someone who is supposedly "conservative" and for "smaller government" use the power of "big government" to pre-emptively stop cities and municipalities from enacting a small fee or banning plastic bags, as they would have the right to do if they so choose?

Well, industry lobbying, of course, under the guise of jobs.

"Supporters include lobbies for food stores, general retailers and the manufacturers who make the flexible, plastic film the bags are made of."

When industry lobbying means more to a legislator than our natural resources, we have a serious issue. This example, along with the others on this list -- like voting to allow industry to pick their own third parties to review and approve permits instead of DEP (HR 1959) -- shows that we must act to elect new legislators who will consider the needs of our environment and the sustainability of our natural resources over the concerns of industry profit.

Emily Best