Update 1/15/2021 at 1:58 pm: In an unnecessary and disappointing move, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has vetoed a bill that would have strengthened the state’s carbon emissions goals and stop perpetuating environmental injustices. Read our press statement here!
A crucial bill to address climate change and advance environmental justice in the Commonwealth is waiting to be signed by Governor Baker before midnight on January 14 (just HOURS left!). This bill, “An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy” (S2995), is the result of years of work, discussions, negotiations and a lot of effort from a myriad of organizations, legislators, coalitions and in general, people that care about a healthy and livable world for current and future generations.
The news is that there is a big risk that the governor could simply veto the bill—including by just neglecting to sign it (a “pocket veto”).