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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: August 19, 2019 04:25 PM
From: Representative Kristine C. Howard
To: All House members
Subject: Co-Sponsorship: Urging Candidates to Run More Environmentally Sustainable Campaigns
While our nation represents only 5% of the world’s population, it consumes a quarter of the planet’s resources, the result of a “throw away” lifestyle that we’ve developed over the past half century. Contributing to this problem are yard signs and other materials used by political campaigns that go unrecycled after elections.

The use and prevalence of political yard signs in our country has quadrupled since 1984 even as studies show this tactic to have only a minimal impact on electoral results. It has become a way of life that these signs litter our roads every fall. And while some counties and local municipalities provide citizens opportunities to recycle old political yard signs, many do not.

This is why I am introducing a resolution urging candidates for elected office to reduce the environmental impact of their campaigns and decrease the use of political yard signs. In addition, my resolution urges municipalities to offer citizens avenues for recycling old yard signs.

Join me in supporting this measure and in showing our support more environmentally sustainable political campaigns.

If you have any questions regarding this resolution, please do not hesitate to contact my office at (717) 783-4088.