A core group of MGA members has gotten us to this point, by focusing on many details of the legislation and the legislative process. We had a very promising hearing before the Joint Committee in June, and we have followed up with key legislators and staff members. At this point, however, a much broader group needs to make their thoughts known about the bill and its provisions, and to ask that the bill be released from committee for consideration by the full legislature.
|On our way to Beacon Hill, we met some great|
folks from Sierra Leone, a country that teaches
more geography than we do!
Read about it on Environmental Geography.
It is very important that students, teachers, educators, and administrators communicate with the co-chairs of the committee and/or with individual committee members if they happen to reside in the appropriate districts. Constituents can also ask their own local legislator -- even if she or he is not on the committee -- to write to the co-chairs in support of SB 182. Several legislators have already done so -- please check to see if your local representative and senator are among them, and then contact committee members on your own.
The chairs of the committee are Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz and Representative Alice Hanlon Peisch. Other members are listed on the committee web page.
When we are all done, we hope to post a photo of Gov. Patrick signing the bill -- from inside EarthView!