350 Mass Legislative Agenda for 2021-2022

Press your legislators to support our campaign priorities. We need to renovate 1 million homes with clean energy by 2030, replace high emitting vehicles with electric ones, increase solar energy, and much more. To get there, we need support in the legislature, which we can only build through grassroots organizing in districts across the state. Meet with your legislator and ask them to support our campaign priorities.

If they don’t say yes right away, consider organizing an event, writing a letter to the editor, or organizing calls to their office to show them that their constituents care about these bills. You can provide your legislators a link to a printable summary of 350 Mass’s legislative priorities for the 2021-2022 legislative session here.

 

Our Top Three Priority Bills

S.2226/H.3365: Building Justice with Jobs (Pacheco/Robinson, LeBoeuf) (bill summary) - a priority of the Mass Renews Alliance and Mass Power Forward. Retrofits one million homes in this decade with zero emission heating, cooling, and appliances.

S.2148/H.3298: The Future of Heat (Creem, Ehrlich, J. Lewis) (bill summary) - promotes geothermal micro-districts as the source of home heating and cooling. Has a focus on environmental justice communities.

H.4082/SD.2945: Retiring High Emissions Vehicles (Rogers/Creem) (bill summary) - provides a cash benefit and a coupon to reduce the purchase cost of a new or used electric vehicle (car or e-bike) or Charlie Card if a high emitting vehicle is junked.


Housing, Energy, and Efficiency

S.2226/H.3365: Building Justice with Jobs (Pacheco/Robinson, LeBoeuf) - a priority of the Mass Renews Alliance and Mass Power Forward (bill summaryRetrofits one million homes in this decade with zero emission heating, cooling, and appliances.

S.1447/H.2230: Outdoor and Indoor Air Quality for Communities Overburdened by Transportation Pollution (Jehlen/Barber, Connolly) (bill summary) - mandates reducing pollution, including airborne particulates, especially in environmental justice communities.

S.2148/H.3298: The Future of Heat (Creem, Ehrlich, J. Lewis) (bill summary) - promotes geothermal micro-districts as the source of home heating and cooling. Has a focus on environmental justice communities.

Vehicles

H.4082/SD.2945: Retiring High Emissions Vehicles (Rogers/Creem) (bill summary) - provides a cash benefit and a coupon to reduce the purchase cost of a new or used electric vehicle (car or e-bike) or Charlie Card if a high emitting vehicle is junked.

H.3255/S.2139: Promote Electric Vehicle Fleets by 2035 (Barber, Meschino/Boncore) (bill summary) requires 100% non-emitting vehicles for public fleets and buses by 2035.

H.3541/S.2230: Electric Transportation Future (Meschino/Pacheco(bill summary) - requires that starting in 2035, all light duty vehicles registered in Massachusetts must be electric - battery electric, plug-in hybrid, or hydrogen-electric.

 

Food Justice

H.967/S.495: Food Justice with Jobs (Madaro/Boncore) (bill summary) - acquires unused land for sale to nonprofits (community trusts) to set up gardens and hire local residents. Hires young people to promote participation and nutritional education about SNAP & other programs.

H.973/S.564: Food Justice Frontline (Minicucci/Jehlen) (bill summary- funds nonprofit Food Security Organizations to enable them to create new food security jobs and provide those jobs to individuals living within communities exposed to higher pollution and other defined risks and with lower incomes.

 

Labor & Climate

H.1954/S.1197: A Just Transition to Clean Energy (LeBoeuf, Robinson/Feeney, Timilty) (bill summary)  - provides workers employed in the energy sector who are displaced due to efforts by the commonwealth or the private sector to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or transition from fossil fuels to clean energy, immediate access to employment and training opportunities in clean energy industries and related fields.

H.1955/S.1198: Clean Energy Workforce Standards and Accountability (Feeney/Decker) (bill summary) - requires that every request for proposals, grant applications, or project solicitations offering funding from the Commonwealth for projects to address climate change, clean energy capacity and/or infrastructure must demonstrate a commitment to workforce and economic development and workforce diversity, equity, and inclusion.

 

Electricity Generation

H.3278/S.2165: Establishing Solar Neighborhoods/Increasing Solar  Rooftop Energy (Gouveia/Eldridge, Connolly, Lewis) (bill summary- requires all new buildings be built to accommodate the installation of a solar energy system on their roofs and certain categories of new buildings be required to have a solar energy system.

 

350 Mass Also Supports

H.905/S.504: Municipal Reforestation Program (Ehrlich, Creem) - encourages community‐based tree planting.

H.3288/S.2136: Transitioning Massachusetts to Clean Electricity, Heating and Transportation (100% Clean Act)  (Decker, Garballey/Boncore) - transitions Massachusetts to 100% clean energy for electricity by 2035 and 100% clean energy for buildings and transportation by 2045.

H.3292: Green Future with Infrastructure and Workforce Investments (Green Future Act) 
(Driscoll) - imposes a carbon fee on fossil fuel sales, distributes the revenue to low/moderate income individuals, and invests in environmental justice communities.

H.3372/S.2170: Investing in a Prosperous, Clean Economy by 2030 (Net Zero Emissions by 2030)(Uyterhoeven/Eldridge) - requires 100% renewable electricity and net zero carbon emissions across all sectors by 2030.

H.3526: Low-income Transit Fares (Madaro) - reduces fares for low‐income riders of the MBTA and regional transit authorities’ vehicles.

H.3336/S.2135: Energy Facilities Siting Reform to Address Environmental Justice, Climate and Public Health - (Madaro/Boncore) - The Mass. Siting Reform Bill will protect vulnerable communities, provide clear guidance to them, and ensure that everyone’s voice is heard.

S.2132: Instituting a Governance Structure for Mass Save  (Barrett) - moves governance of Mass Save from the utilities to an appointed board.

H.2890/S.1853: Climate Change Adaptation Infrastructure and Affordable Housing Investments in the Commonwealth (HERO Act) (Elugardo/Eldridge) - raises revenue through the Deeds Excise Tax for affordable housing, housing vouchers and rental assistance for extremely low-income families and for climate resiliency and mitigation.

H.3354/S.2179: Eliminating Gas Leaks (Moran, Minicucci/Finegold) - prioritizes safety and gas leak repairs, repairs of gas leaks near trees and aligns gas companies with the Commonwealth’s goals to reduce emissions.

H.878/S.517/S.610: Save Recycling Costs in the Commonwealth (Day/DiDomenico, Rush) - will
help reduce all types of packaging waste and improve recycling by requiring producers be responsible for fully funding residential collection and recovery of materials they use and sell.

H.3289/S.2149: Expand the Bottle Bill (Decker/Creem) - will increase deposits on beverage containers made of various materials from 5 to 10 cents, but will not require deposits on certain containers such as those for nutritive drinks or for larger containers over 102 ounces.

 

A printable list of one page descriptions of the above bills and this “Agenda” document can be found and downloaded at bit.ly/3cErPcS. The official bills themselves can be reached by clicking on the bill numbers in all the electronic versions of this document.