Pierce earns top marks from conservation group

Staff report

October 24, 2013

RALEIGH — A Scotland County legislator came in at the top of the rankings in a legislative scorecard compiled by the N.C. League of Conservation Voters.

Rep. Garland E. Pierce received a score of 100 on a group rating for the House of Representatives, reflecting a consistent record of environmentally-friendly votes in the nine House votes considered by the organization during the 2013 legislative session. Pierce, a Wagram Democrat, represents Hoke, Richmond, Robeson, and Scotland counties.

The League of Conservation Voters serves to educate state legislators and the public about environmental issues and advocates for “sound environmental policies.”

State Rep. Ken Goodman and state Sen. Gene McLaurin, both Rockingham Democrats, were also scored by the league. Goodman, who represents Hoke, Montgomery, Richmond, Robeson, and Scotland counties, scored a 44. McLaurin scored a 33 based on 10 Senate votes counted. McLaurin represents Scotland, Robeson, Anson, Rowan, and Stanly counties.