Rep. Phil Miller Honored for His Work on Open Space and GMO Labeling Bills

The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters named Miller a “Legislative Champion” for his work on state laws pertaining to the environment.

The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) has named State Representative Phil Miller (D-Essex) a ‘Legislative Champion’ for fighting proactively to promote the state’s open space plan and advancing the GMO (genetically modified organisms) labeling bill.

"I'm humbled to be so recognized. I am grateful to the people…for encouraging me to vote well on conservation issues which help ensure air and water quality in Connecticut,” said Miller.

Miller made waves in the legislature when he stood against as an opponent to the proposed Haddam Land Swap deal. In a  on Patch back in July of 2011 regarding the issue, Miller said "I wish I wasn't against Senator Daily on this since her public service is quality."

"This precedent undermines the foundation of our conservation hundreds of years in the making here in Connecticut.”

CTLCV Executive Director Lori Brown commented in a press release, “Phil spent every day ensuring that all significant legislation we supported stayed on the agenda of committees and his chamber.”

“Environment was his top priority this session,” Brown said, and “his enthusiasm and support for even the most difficult issues—from GMO labeling to reducing chemical exposure to children to water conservation incentives—really helped make this year a good year for the environment at the Capitol. We applaud his work.”

Rep. Phil Miller represents the towns of Chester, Deep River, Essex and Haddam in the Connecticut General Assembly.

CTLCV annually grades lawmakers on their environmental voting record. This year, the scorecard grades legislators' votes on 15 bills that came up during the 2012 legislative session.

Formed in 1998, the bipartisan CTLCV works on laws that affect Connecticut's air, water, wildlife, open space, transportation, energy choices and health.

Information for this article was culled from a press release and previous articles posted on Patch.

Keep the river front for all of us July 23, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Truly a man of integrity.
Serene Skeptic July 23, 2012 at 01:42 PM
It's good to see Phil's work being recognized.
Gina Block July 23, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Way to go, Phil! Keep up the great work!
JS188 July 23, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Open space seems like such a great thing but has placed a huge burden on the taxpayers in local towns and the state. While open space in moderation is good, unfortunately properties considered open space pay $0 dollars in taxes therefore leaving taxpayers to make up the rest. As more and more property goes to open space... the higher and higher our taxes go. It's quite suprising to see how much of Haddam and Killingworth are off the tax roles... I believe its over 50%. Moderation is key especially in small towns in dire need of businesses and homes to support our growing town and school budgets.
alison nichols July 24, 2012 at 01:00 PM
One person's hero is another person's menace. In the words of three former conservation extremists and demi-gods of the "global warming" movement: Morner, Lovelock and Kareva, "Sea Rising" (one of Miller's pet projects) is yet another giant hoax being foisted on those of us who care about our environment.The guru of sea levels, Swedish geologist and physicist Nils-Axel Morner posits that Sea Rising" is a "colossal scare story." Meanwhile, those promoting the latest Cabal are proposing trillions of dollars to combat this, the latest hoax.


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