Senate agrees to some Baker climate bill amendments
A few days later than leadership had hoped, the Senate amended and passed on to the House the climate policy bill that has been bouncing between the Legislature and governor’s office for more than two months.
The Senate voted 39-1 to adopt a great majority of the amendments that Gov. Charlie Baker suggested when he returned the bill unsigned at the beginning of February, shuttling the legislation to the House for possible passage on Thursday. Baker would then have to decide whether to sign the bill or veto it as he did in the final days of the last legislative session when his ability to offer amendments had expired.
… The bill is designed to push Massachusetts toward net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, establish interim emissions goals, adopt appliance energy efficiency standards, and address needs in environmental justice communities.
… The Senate rejected Baker’s request to change the Legislature’s requirement that emissions in 2030 be at least 50 percent lower than 1990 levels to a 45 percent target. … It also rebuffed Baker’s amendment that would strip some language from a proposed new municipal building code that promotes “net-zero” construction…