Finney honored with conservation award

Sen. Raymond Finney, right, accepts a prestigious conservation award for his dedication to preserving the environmnt.

Sen. Raymond Finney, right, accepts a prestigious conservation award for his dedication to preserving the environmnt.

State Senator Raymond Finney has been honored with an award for his work to protect Tennessee’s environment. The Friends of the Environment Award comes from the Tennessee Conservation Voters, a statewide environmental advocacy group. The group held a press conference in Nashville recently where Finney shared the recognition with five other legislators.

“We have had phenomenal people who have worked with us on legislation over the years,” said Chris Ford, executive director of the group. “These folks have worked hard to protect the environment.”

Ford thanked Finney for his “refreshing perspective” as he recognized him for his extraordinary commitment to the environment. Finney received the highest rating of any Republican in the General Assembly.

“Growing up in East Tennessee around the Smoky Mountains gives those who live there a special appreciation for the unique and beautiful environment we are privileged to enjoy,” Finney said. “It is important that we pass along this heritage to future generations of Tennesseans.”

The TCV chose the recipients of the award based on examination of their voting records and the annual legislative scorecard, which discloses both the positive and negative environmental voting habits of state senators and representatives. Ford said only those state legislators who have demonstrated outstanding environmental responsibility by sponsoring legislation that serves to protect Tennessee’s natural resources warrant consideration for the award. The honored legislators will be officially rewarded at a TCV “Nature Votes” event scheduled for Feb. 3 in Nashville.

“The legislative records of these individuals reflect a proven commitment to the welfare of our state’s natural resources and is indicative of government’s critical role in environmental protection,” said Michelle Haynes, president of the TCV board of directors.

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