Massachusetts

April 4th Roundup: House explores extending session

[ Not a subscriber? Sign up here ] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - House Leadership Explores options to extend the legislative session: Reporting from Chris Lisinski and Michael Norton of the State House News Service reveals that House leadership is open to the idea...

March 26th Roundup: Bag bans under fire

[ Not a subscriber? Sign up here ] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - “Gov. Baker prohibits reusable shopping bags during coronavirus emergency” (Mary Saladna, WCVB 5): “Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday announced a new public health order related to grocery stores and pharmacies in...

March 19th Roundup: Exxon setback in MA climate lawsuit

[ Not a subscriber? Sign up here ] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - Beacon Hill coronavirus updates: On Monday (3/16) the Speaker and Senate President closed the State House to the public in order to limit the spread of the virus. [more on...

March 13th Roundup: How coronavirus is impacting Beacon Hill

[ Not a subscriber? Sign up here ] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - Coronavirus fears disrupt legislative work, climate advocacy on Beacon Hill: The statehouse is not immune to the wide-reaching impacts coronavirus is having on Massachusetts. In an email to lawmakers on Tuesday, House and Senate...

March 5th Roundup: Gas tax passes House

Not a subscriber? Sign up here BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - Keep an Eye on the Massachusetts 2050 Roadmap Bill: With the passage of its Next Generation Climate bills in January 2020, the Massachusetts Senate laid out its vision for comprehensive climate policy this...

Bay State’s proposed Climate Policy Commission: a model for climate oversight

In January 2020, the Massachusetts Senate proposed an innovative way of providing independent oversight over the state’s climate policy. The chamber’s recently passed package of climate bills includes language establishing a climate policy commission to help the Commonwealth achieve its...

Keep an Eye on the Massachusetts 2050 Roadmap Bill

With the passage of its Next Generation Climate bills in January 2020, the Massachusetts Senate laid out its vision for comprehensive climate policy this session. Attention has now shifted to the House of Representatives, which is feeling increased pressure to...

Feb. 26th Roundup: Senate Hears DeLeo’s GreenWorks Bill

[ Not a subscriber? Sign up here ] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - DEVELOPING: Baker Admin Releases Draft Letter Establishing Net-zero Emissions Target: The Baker Administration today (2/26) released a draft of its formal determination letter establishing net-zero greenhouse gas emissions as the Commonwealth’s new...

Feb. 21st Roundup: Baker targets hydrofluorocarbons

[ Not a subscriber? Sign up here ] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - “Baker Administration Planning Rule To Ban Hydrofluorocarbons” (Michael P. Norton, SHNS via WBUR) “A state regulation expected this spring would ban the use of greenhouse gas-producing hydrofluorocarbons, which are used in...