Pass Climate bill, S.9, Fast. Governor Baker, Sign it immediately
January 25, 2021. The LWVMA just issued this action alert. Governor Baker vetoed the climate bill. The House and Senate have refiled it with a new number, S.9. A joint committee is holding S.9, which the House and Senate should soon vote on, then they will send it back to the Governor. The House and Senate leadership say they have the votes to over-ride a veto by the Governor.
Thank you for helping us get this bill past the finish line. We are so close! Please email, call, or Tweet these legislators. Urge them to pass the climate bill, without amendments, NOW!
This Facebook post by Senator Jo Comerford reflects the extreme disappointment and anger felt by legislators, and many of us, when the Governor vetoed the climate bill. Note that she said, “It will take all of us to get it across the finish line.”
Speaker of the House, Ronald Mariano Ronald.Mariano@mahouse.gov
Senate Speaker, Karen Spilka Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov
Joint Committee Co-Chair, Michael Barrett Mike.Barrett@ma.senate.gov
Joint Committee Co-Chair, Thomas Golden Thomas.Golden@mahouse.gov
Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa, Lindsay.Sabadosa@mahouse.gov
Sen. Joanne Comerford, J.Commerford@masenate.gov
Sen. John Velis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional legislators: malegislature.gov
|January 25, 2021|
PASS THE CLIMATE BILL NOW
The comprehensive climate bill we fought so hard for last session was vetoed by Governor Baker. The good news is that the bill was just refiled Jan. 19 as S.9.
Speaker Ron Mariano and Senate President Karen Spilka publicly expressedconfidence that the Legislature will move with a sense of “urgency” and return the bill to the Governor “swiftly,” with a veto-proof majority.
Please contact your state representative and senator over the next few days to thank them for passing the bill the first time, and urge them to vote to pass the climate bill, without amendments, as a first act of the new legislature.
Talking points:represents 5 months of intense reconciliation efforts in conference committee to address concerns of stakeholders
reinforces the Commonwealth’s efforts to steadily and permanently reduce its greenhouse gas emissions at the scale and pace that science demands
codifies the goal of Net Zero emissions by 2050
codifies a comprehensive definition of environmental justice to ensure protections for overburdened communities
maximizes our ability to fairly and efficiently achieve climate goals that will build a thriving economy that creates jobs, protects health, and benefits all of us
Use Social Media by retweeting @lwvma tweets and sending your own tweets, tagging your representative and senator, Speaker Mariano (@RonMariano) and Senate President Karen Spilka (@KarenSpilka), Senator Barrett (@BarrettSenate), and Representative Golden (@tomtipagolden).
Sample tweet and FB post:“When it comes to #climatechange, we cannot wait.” TY for saving the climate bill, S.9. @KarenSpilka @RonMariano @BarrettSenate @tomtipagolden @MA_Senate #mapoli
LWVMA is 47 local Leagues strong and represents members across the Commonwealth. We need as many of you as possible to step up again to get our message through to the legislature and the Governor.
Climate change isn’t waiting and we’ve waited long enough. We need to act on climate now!
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