We are gearing up for a new legislative session and that means a brand new slate of bills that our elected officials will be considering for the next two years. As always, Clean Water Action is committed to being a loud and present voice on Beacon Hill and all over the state fighting for environmental justice, public health, and climate change action.
The Massachusetts legislative session ended on July 31st. Overall, it was a controversial session that has been characterized as much by what didn’t happen as by what did. The two environmental actions taken by the legislature this session were environmental justice funding in the state budget, and a compromise clean energy bill. They also passed an environmental bond bill, but it is not clear how much it will raise and what impacts it will have.
Last week, the Massachusetts Senate passed a landmark clean energy bill, S.2545, An Act to Promote a Clean Energy Future. While the fight is not over, and a House version still needs to pass, this bill is a strong signal to the world that Massachusetts wants to be on the forefront of climate policy and justice.
A Busy First Week: Zero Waste, Grassroots Leaders Harmed by Fracking, and an Environmental Town Hall
Last week, I started at Clean Water Action Massachusetts as the new Clean Energy Organizer, and it has been jam-packed with events and meetings.