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Conservation Voters of Idaho is out with its latest legislative scorecard, and this time, the group is naming names.

The third annual scorecard is designed to let voters know how elected officials voted on key environmental issues, as well as which specific legislators did best and worst when it comes to those issues.

The scorecard praises work by Boise Democrat Sen. David Langhorst and Meridian Republican Rep. Mark Snodgrass for working for auto emissions testing, as well as Dover Republican Rep. George Eskridge and Boise Democrat Sens. Kate Kelly and Elliot Werk, and Nampa Republican Sen. Curt McKenzie for pushing for green building standards.

Of course, with the good, comes the bad. House Minority Leader Mike Moyle, Star, was listed as the No. 1 "Out of Step" legislator when it comes to environmental issues. He is joined on the dubious list by fellow Republicans Rep. Curtis Bowers from Caldwell, Steve Kren from Nampa and Hayden Lake Republican Sen. Michael Jorgenson. Overall though, Conservation Voters executive director Lee Flinn said the 2008 Legislative session was "a little better" than the 2007 session, showing some forward motion on specific issues, including air quality, invasive species and field burning.

It didn't do so well with public transit, green buildings, greenhouse emissions and open space.

The scorecard was mailed to Conservation Voters members and a selection of voters, Flinn said.

To check out the full scorecard, visit conservationvotersforidaho.org.

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