Slightly Amended Climate Change Bill Senate #19

Vote Description

This was a vote on S.30, which is a slightly amended version of S.9, An Act creating a next-generation roadmap for Massachusetts climate policy. This bill was previously voted on last session, and the governor vetoed it. It was also refiled, and voted on at the beginning of this new session (without a recorded vote in the Senate) and the governor amended it and sent it back to the legislature. The legislature adopted some of the technical amendments that the governor offered, but none that would change major policy in this bill. This bill sets an arbitrary GHG emissions reduction goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 and sets incremental sublimits every five years to get there. It does this by mandating limits on carbon emissions by sector: electric power, transportation, commercial and industrial heating and cooling, residential heating and cooling, industrial processes, and natural gas distribution and service. These arbitrary limits will mean drastic and costly changes in certain sectors in order to stay under the limit, and leaves the power to make these changes in the hands of unelected bureaucrats. In addition, it sets new CA style energy efficiency standards on appliances and fixtures you are allowed to purchase and install in your house or business. It also allows for changes to the state building code, which is now in the hands of DOER, not BBRS, and allows towns to adopt their own net-zero stretch energy codes and changes the make-up of the state board of building regulations and standards (BBRS.) Essentially this bill allows for drastic regulatory oversight and increased costly burdens by unelected bureaucrats, on the people of MA for the foreseeable future.

Mass Fiscal Explanation

Mass Fiscal does not support this bill due to the lack of good government sensibility by handing over regulatory and taxing authority to unelected bureaucrats, as well as government overreach with costly and burdensome regulations on residents and small businesses. You can find the bill here:

Mass Fiscal's Stance

Vote result on 03/15/2021




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Michael BarrettThird Middlesex 8%
Joe BoncoreFirst Suffolk and Middlesex 11%
Michael Brady2nd Plymouth and Bristol 12%
William N. BrownsbergerSecond Suffolk and Middlesex 8%
Harriette L. ChandlerFirst Worcester 8%
Sonia Chang-DiazSecond Suffolk 16%
Nick CollinsFourth Suffolk 20%
Jo ComefordHampshire, Franklin & Worcester 8%
Cynthia Stone CreemFirst Middlesex and Norfolk 8%
Brendan P. Crighton3rd Essex 8%
John CroninWorcester and Middlesex 8%
Julian CyrCape and Islands 8%
Sal N. DiDomenicoMiddlesex and Suffolk 8%
Diana DiZoglio1st Essex 56%
James B. EldridgeMiddlesex and Worcester 8%
Ryan C. FattmanWorcester and Norfolk 100%
Paul R FeeneyBristol and Norfolk 12%
Barry R. FinegoldSecond Essex and Middlesex 20%
Cindy FriedmanFourth Middlesex 8%
Anne M. GobiWorcester, Hampden, Hampshire, and Middlesex 28%
Adam GomezHampden 8%
Adam G. HindsBerkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden 8%
Patricia D. JehlenSecond Middlesex 8%
John F. KeenanNorfolk and Plymouth 24%
Edward Kennedy1st Middlesex 12%
Eric P. LesserFirst Hampden and Hampshire 8%
Jason M. LewisFifth Middlesex 8%
Joan B. LovelySecond Essex 8%
Mark C. MontignySecond Bristol and Plymouth 12%
Michael O. MooreSecond Worcester 16%
Susan MoranPlymouth and Barnstable 8%
Patrick O'ConnorPlymouth and Norfolk 84%
Marc R. PachecoFirst Plymouth and Bristol 32%
Becca RauschNorfolk, Bristol & Middlesex 20%
Michael J. RodriguesFirst Bristol and Plymouth 16%
Michael F. RushNorfolk and Suffolk 8%
Karen SpilkaSecond Middlesex and Norfolk 0%
Bruce E. TarrFirst Essex and Middlesex 96%
Walter F. TimiltyNorfolk, Bristol and Plymouth 56%
John Velis2nd Hampden and Hampshire 24%