Score Explanation


CLCV publishes the annual California Environmental Scorecard, which rates the actions of every state legislator and the Governor on the state’s environmental priorities each legislative year.

Along with our partners in the environmental community, we select the twenty to thirty most significant environmental bills in each session and track how each legislator votes on each bill. Legislators' scores are shown as a percentage. The higher the percentage, the more often they voted environmentally.

In the Scorecard, each green checkmark represents a pro-environmental action (a “yes” vote on a good bill or a “no” or “not voting” on a bad bill). Each red "x" represents an anti-environmental action (a “no” vote on a good bill or a “yes” on a bad bill).

NV, or “not voting,” is shown when the legislator did not cast a vote on a bill. It is counted negatively because it has the same effect as a “no” vote, UNLESS that vote is excused due to illness or family leave. Hover over the "NV" image to find out if that vote was excused or not; "Neutral" means it was an officially excused absence, and "Bad" means that it was simply a missed vote when the legislator had a legitimate opportunity to cast one.

In addition, each dash (—) indicates either an excused non-vote (due to illness or family leave) or a lack of opportunity to take action and does not count toward the member’s final score. (We will be working to make this more clear as we work the bugs out of our site.)

If the member's Current Year Score is indicated as "N/A", that generally means the legislator was not in office during the most recent year scored; it can also signify that that legislator's opportunities to vote were too few for us to calculate a score.


Take Action »

Be an environmental champion: take action to protect our air, water, and health.

Know Your Legislators »

Who represents you in the Assembly & State Senate? Find out how they voted on key environmental proposals.

Stay Connected »

Keep up with the latest from CLCV: environmental news, urgent action alerts, and more.

Donate »

Your support for CLCV helps maintain California's standing as the nation's environmental leader.

2018 California Environmental Scorecard

New for the 2018 legislative session: The 45th annual California Environmental Scorecard rates elected officials on 2018, another successful year for the environment in spite of heavy opposition from polluting industry.

Find out how your legislators did in 2018 in CLCV's California Environmental Scorecard.