Our state Representative Louis Kafka and his Legislative Director Mark Hogan met with 7 of his constituents on Jan. 14, to include 5 Sharon folks, to discuss pending state environmental legislation. Representative Kafka has a record of supporting environmental legislation and this, his final year, seems to be no exception. The group urged him to do whatever he could to be sure the Mass Power Forward priority legislation became law this year. For any bill to have a chance of becoming law this year, it must have a hearing and be approved by whatever committee it is sitting in by the first week in February. Legislation we’re watching includes:
- An Act to Promote Green Infrastructure and Reduce Carbon Emissions (known as the “Benson Bill” ) – H2810
- 100% Renewable Energy Act – H2836 – sets a goal of 100% renewable electricity by 2035 and 100% renewable energy economy wide, to include heating and transportation, by 2045
- An Act Relative to Environmental Justice for low income communities and communities of color adversely impacted by climate change and environmental problems like nearby power plants.
To learn more about MPF priority legislation, click here: https://toxicsaction.org/mass-power-forward-2019-2020-legislative-agenda/
Our intrepid team also visited Senator Timilty’s office and met with his Communications Director Kathy Keyes….and participated in some spirited cheering outside Governor Baker’s office to encourage him to “do his job” and stop the Weymouth Compressor Station. Some of our group were able to get into the hearing on the Benson Carbon Pricing bill; over 70 people participating were not able to fit in the packed hearing room and instead participated in MPF led visits to offices of legislators involved in the Carbon Pricing bill hearing. A busy day!
note: Mass Power Forward is a statewide coalition of more than 100 non-profit sustainability-oriented groups, to include national organizations like the Sierra Club and grassroots groups like SSC. They are a wonderful source of support, information and encouragement.