Show Valentine’s Day Love for Mass Power Forward and Criminal Justice Reform

Show your love for clean, renewable energy. Participate in Mass Power Forward’s Valentine’s Lobby Day! Come to the State House Feb. 14, 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 LWVMA is a member of the Mass Power Forward Coalition, over 120 organizations strong. On Feb. 14, we’re joining our coalition partners for a Valentine’s Lobby Day on Beacon Hill to urge our legislators to promote a clean energy future–now. 

RSVP today to join citizens from every part of the state. Meet with Representatives and Senators to make the case for clean energy. Can’t do the full day? Your presence for any part of this Lobby Day will have an impact. The stakes have never been higher.  You’ll find details and schedule of activities for the day here.

Three additional environment and energy bills have been added to the LWVMA list of supported legislation this session:

  • S.479/H.2149: The Global Warming Solutions Implementation Act will provide a clear roadmap for achieving emissions targets mandated by the 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act;
  • H.3400/S.1847: An Act clarifying authority and responsibilities of the department of public utilities will ensure that Department of Public Utilities proceedings are open, transparent and responsive to public input, and that new natural gas pipeline construction will not be financed by electricity customers
  • H. 2913/S.426: An Act relative to environment and toxics reductions in the Commonwealth will protect vulnerable populations from disparities in exposure to environmental toxins.

Please add these bills when meeting with or calling your legislators to urge their support and action in the energy and environment sector! For questions or additional information, contact Launa Zimmaro, our environment and energy specialist. 

Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, is a day of action #LoveJustice. 

Call your legislators on Valentine’s Day and tell them you support strong criminal justice reform!

Two bills, H.4043/S.2200, have passed the House and Senate and are in conference committee. If your legislator is a member of that committee, below, please call directly. If not, contact your own Senator and Representative and urge them to ask the committee to include strong measures in the final version of the bill.

 These measures need your support:

  • Repeal mandatory minimums; incarceration is not the way to overcome addiction
  • Adopt the Senate provision to increase the weight limit for certain trafficking offenses; treatment is a better way to address addiction
  • Raise the age for juvenile jurisdiction from 7 to 12 years old and include 18-year-olds
  • Increase the felony larceny threshold to at least $1500; our current level is outdated
  • Seal records for resisting arrest and other offenses
  • Eliminate many fines and fees; being poor is not a crime
  • Take primary caretaker status into account in sentencing so children aren’t punished
  • Include cognitive decline for medical transfer of the terminally ill or incapacitated

LWVMA has been working for these reforms for over 40 years. Now is the time for change. You can see our in-depth letter to the conference committee here. Members of the conference committee are Rep. Claire Cronin, Sen. Will Brownsberger, Rep. Sheila Harrington, Sen. Bruce Tarr, Rep. Ronald Mariano, Sen. Cynthia Creem. You can find your Senator and Representative here.

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