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ACTION ALERT! (updated 10/2017)

Push back against fossil fuel interests nationally by supporting climate action on the state level! We will be updating you regularly on the bills needing testimony and other important request for action.

This is a CRUCIAL time for Massachusetts legislation.

There are SEVERAL IMPORTANT BILLS that CAN endorses that need action now. We need your help in supporting those bills.

Please take these three important steps:

1. FIND OUT WHO YOUR LEGISLATORS ARE AND THEIR CONTACT INFORMATION HERE. Simply enter your address and zip code.

2. SUBMIT TESTIMONY TO THE RELEVANT COMMITTEE CHAIRS ON CAN PRIORITY BILLS. See sample testimony formats. Send by snail mail or email but to both committee chairs.

THIS WEEK’S ACTION:

FOR AMHERST RESIDENTS ONLY: CLICK HERE FOR AN URGENT TOWN MEETING ALERT

FOR EVERYONE ELSE:

Take action on legislation:

A LOT of our bills will be heard next week. We are submitting CAN testimony on each one of them but they all need more support. 

Choose one bill below and customize the linked testimony.

  • October 24 – CAN priority transportation bills will be heard by the Transportation Committee at 10AM, State House, Room A-1, including:
    • S.1952 (directs DOT to assess the status of transportation system – urge inclusion of climate action principles)
    • S.1957, S.1958 (establishes MA and NE Regional Transportation Infrastructure Bank – urge inclusion of climate action principles) 
  • October 26 – CAN priority gas pipeline-related bills will be heard by the TUE Committee at 10 AM, State House, Room A-2, including:
    • H.2698/S.1855 (protects ratepayers from pipeline expansion costs)
    • H.3400/S.1847 (reforms DPU’s pipeline approval process)
    • H.3391/S.1859 (mandate facilities siting board consider health effect of gas infrastructure)
    • H.2683/S.1845 (prohibits charges to customers for leaked gas)

BONUS actions this week:

Sign up to write a “Stand up, Charlie” letter to the editor.

October 24 – Sign up and attend a webinar to learn transportation policy talking points for upcoming Baker listening sessions.

BILLS RECENTLY HEARD THAT YOU CAN STILL SUPPORT:

October 17 –  The Climate Justice and Toxics Reduction Bill, H. 2913/S.426, will be heard on Tuesday October 17th, 9:30AM. The hearing will take place at the State House, room B-1. We are asking that friends and allies turn out to this vital hearing to show their support for environmental justice across the state.  A sample brief message of support is here.

October 10 – Divestment bill, H.3281, was heard on October 10 by the Joint Committee on Public Service. Hearing and lobby day event page can be found here and sample testimony here. Go to #divestma for dramatic photos and videos of the hearing.

October 3 – Solar bills were heard on October 3 by the Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee:  Use this platform to send your support letter.today.

September 19 – To submit testimony in support of H.3395/S.1849, the 100% Renewable MA Bill, click here. The hearing on the bill was held on September 19.

September 19 – To submit testimony in support of raising the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) such that MA reaches 100% renewable electricity by 2035, click here. The hearing regarding raising the RPS, and 4 other of our energy policy related bills, was held on September 19.

Click here to view a Renewable Portfolio Standard Fact Sheet / Explainer
 

3. MAKE A PHONE CALL TO FOLLOW UP ON YOUR LETTERS OR EMAILS.

BONUS: Amplify! Personally ask a friend in another part of the state to do this. Forward this page to them. State action on climate is all-important now.
Thank you for TAKING ACTION! Together, we are unstoppable.
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For more information. Click here for list of 2017-2018 Bills Endorsed by Climate Action Now, Western MA.  Find the text of bills at https://malegislature.gov/Bills.
We need to call our representatives early and often starting NOW, to let them know that climate must be a top priority.