1977 Scorecard Vote

Strip Mining II
Senate Roll Call Vote 151
Issue: Dirty Energy

(S. 7). The vote is on the Johnston amendment to permit states to retain exclusive jurisdiction over strip mining regulations, if the Secretary of Interior determined that the state's environmental standards were at least as strict as the federal standards. Environmentalists saw this amendment as a way for the states to avoid federal oversight. Past history suggests that once states were granted exclusive jurisdiction, they might be very lax in enforcing their own regulations. Strip mine enforcement in most states has been very weak. Environmentalists opposed this amendment and supported the attempt in S. 7 as written to establish uniform strip mine reclamation standards nationwide. The Administration also opposed the amendment. Rejected 39-51; May 19, 1977. No is the correct vote.

No
is the
pro-environment position
Votes For: 38  
Votes Against: 49  
Not Voting: 9  
Pro-environment vote
Anti-environment vote
Missed vote
Not applicable
Senator Party State Vote