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Legislative Campaign

 

These bills can stop biomass subsidies & prevent deadly pollution!

 

Governor Baker is trying to roll back Massachusetts’ renewable energy standards to allow large, polluting wood-burning power plants like Palmer to collect millions of dollars per year in renewable energy subsidies funded by Massachusetts ratepayers. We can't let that happen. Urge your state legislators to support, co-sponsor and pass the following bills:

1) An Act to prevent biomass energy to protect the air we breathe

(S.2197/H.3333

This bill removes subsidies for burning woody biomass from Massachusetts' two main clean energy programs, the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and the Alternative Portfolio Standard (APS).

 

Click here for the Partnership for Policy Integrity's memo on this bill. Learn more about the RPS and APS here.

S.2197 sponsors & cosponsors:

Eric Lesser, First Hampden and Hampshire
 

Adam Gomez, Hampden
Sonia Chang-Diaz, 2nd Suffolk

Michelle L. Ciccolo, 15th Middlesex

Joanne Comerford, Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester

Sal N. DiDomenico, Middlesex and Suffolk
Carmine Lawrence Gentile, 13th Middlesex

Jason Lewis,  5th Middlesex
Jack Patrick Lewis, 7th Middlesex

John Keenan, Norfolk and Plymouth
Jay Livingstone, 8th Suffolk

Jacob Oliveira, 7th Hampden
Patrick O'Connor, Plymouth and Norfolk

Orlando Ramos, 9th Hampden

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr., 12th Hampden

Walter Timilty, Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth

H.3333 sponsors & cosponsors:

Jay Livingstone, 8th Suffolk

 

Brian M. Ashe, 2nd Hampden

Ruth B. Balser, 12th Middlesex

Christine P. Barber, 34th Middlesex

Natalie M. Blais, 1st Franklin

Daniel R. Carey, 2nd Hampshire

Sonia Chang-Diaz, Second Suffolk

Michelle Ciccolo, 15th Middlesex

Joanne Comerford, Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester 

Mike Connolly, 26th Middlesex

Marjorie Decker, 25th Middlesex

Mindy Domb, 3rd Hampshire

Michelle M. DuBois, 10th Plymouth

Patricia A. Duffy, 5th Hampden

Nika Elugardo, 15th Suffolk

Tricia Farley-Bouvier, 3rd Berkshire

Dylan Fernandes, Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket
Michael Finn, 6th Hampden 

Tami Gouveia, 14th Middlesex

Vanna Howard, 17th Middlesex
Meghan Kilcoyne, 12th Worcester

Carmine Lawrence Gentile, 13th Middlesex

Sean Garballey, 23rd Middlesex

Jessica Ann Giannino, 16th Suffolk

Jim Hawkins, 2nd Bristol
Natalie M. Higgins, 4th Worcester

Kay Khan, 11th Middlesex

Jason Lewis, 5th Middlesex

Davis Paul Linsky, 5th Middlesex

Jack Patrick Lewis, 7th Middlesex

Adrian C. Madaro, 1st Suffolk
Joan Meschino, 3rd Plymouth

Steven Owens, 29th Middlesex

Jacob Oliveira, 7th Hampden
Alice Peisch, 14th Norfolk

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr., 12th Hampden

Brian Murray, 10th Worcester
Tram T. Nguyen, 18th Essex

David Rogers, 24th Middlesex

Lindsay Sabadosa, 1st Hampshire
Jon Santiago, 9th Suffolk

Danillo Sena, 37th Middlesex

Thomas M. Stanley, 9th Middlesex

Walter F. Timilty, Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth

Erika Uyterhoeven, 27th Middlesex

Tommy Vitolo, 15th Norfolk

Bud L. Williams, 11th Hampden

2) An Act ensuring a healthy future for environmental justice communities

(S.2186/H.3362)

This bill disqualifies any highly polluting facility from being eligible for the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) if it is located near an environmental justice community.

Click here for the Partnership for Policy Integrity's memo on this bill.

S.2186 sponsor and cosponsors:

Adam Gomez, Hampden

Michelle L. Ciccolo, 15th Middlesex

Joanne M. Comerford, Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester

Sal N. DiDomenico, Middlesex and Suffolk
Carmine Lawrence Gentile, 13th Middlesex

Carlos Gonzalez, 19th Hampden
John F. Keenan, Norfolk and Plymouth

Eric Lesser, First Hampden

Jason M. Lewis, 5th Middlesex

Orlando Ramos, 9th Hampden

H.3362 sponsors & cosponsors:

Orlando Ramos, 9th Hampden
Jay Livingstone, 8th Suffolk


Christine P. Barber, 34th Middlesex
Ruth B. Balser, 12th Middlesex
Natalie M. Blais, 1st Franklin
Michelle L. Ciccolo, 15th Middlesex
Mike Connolly, 26th Middlesex
Marcos A. Devers, 16th Essex
Mindy Domb, 3rd Hampshire
Patricia A. Duffy, 5th Hampden
Nika C. Elugardo, 15th Suffolk
Dylan A. Fernandes, Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket
Carmine Lawrence Gentile, 13th Middlesex
Jessica Ann Giannino, 16th Suffolk
Adam Gomez, Hampden
Carlos González, 10th Hampden
Tami L. Gouveia, 
14th Middlesex

Natalie M. Higgins, 4th Worcester
Kay Khan, 11th Middlesex
Jack Patrick Lewis, 7th Middlesex

Elizabeth A. Malia, 11th Suffolk
Liz Miranda, 5th Suffolk

Tram T. Nguyen, 18th Essex 
Jacob R. Oliveira, 7th Hampden

David Allen Robertson, 19th Middlesex
David M. Rogers, 24th Middlesex

Lindsay N. Sabadosa, 1st Hampshire

Danillo A. Sena, 37th Middlesex

Erika Uyterhoeven, 27th Middlesex
Tommy Vitolo, 
15th Norfolk
Bud L. Williams, 11th Hampden

Take Action

No Subsidies for polluting biomass (S.2197 and H.3333)

Please do 2 things this week:

  1. Contact  your state representative and urge them to co-sponsor H.3333 to remove woody biomass from the RPS and the APS (or thank them if they are already co-sponsors)

  2. Ask your state senator to help pass S2197, which is currently pending in Senate Ways and Means.


 

Environmental Justice Bills S.2186 and H.3362:

 

Find your state senator and your state rep and email or call to ask them to co-sponsor S.2186 and H.3362. If they are already a co-sponsor, tell them thanks! It is important they know this issue matters to you.