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Senate agrees to some Baker climate bill amendments

Senate agrees to some Baker climate bill amendments

Berkshire Eagle 3/15/21:

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…

Legislative Actions

Time critical actions:

Municipal Sustainability Checklist

We have created a municipal “sustainability checklist” that can help towns compare what they are doing with other towns, as well as get ideas and encourage collaboration. For residents, the checklist helps understand what towns are doing and not doing, as well as set priorities for local advocacy. For organizers, the checklist is an excellent tool to organize local groups around, and to build networks of people who care about sustainability.

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