Friday, February 22, 2013

S200 Filed

As we detailed in "Renewed Effort" a few weeks ago, we are back in the legislative process, with much higher hopes of success. In addition to our stalwart supporters from the 187th session (Sen. Brewer, Rep. Smola, and their amazing staff members), we were seeking additional sponsors. 

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Thanks to the efforts of the original sponsors, appearances of EarthView, and the many calls of support from MGA and other friends of geography, a new bill was filed in February (S200) with EIGHTEEN sponsors! The bipartisan group is also geographically diverse, as indicated by the State House domes above. 

Sen. Stephen Brewer, D-Barre
Sen. John Keenan, D-Salem
Sen. Harriette Chandler, D-Worcester
Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge
Sen. Katherine M. Clark, D-Melrose
Sen. Michael R. Knapik, R-Westfield
Sen. Marc R. Pacheco, D-Taunton

Rep. Smola, R-Palmer
Rep. James Murphy, D-Weymouth
Rep. Anne Gobi, D-Spencer
Rep. Christine Canavan, D-Brockton
Rep. Louis Kafka, D-Stoughton
Rep. William Galvin, D-Canton
Rep. Jennifer Benson, D-Lunenburg
Rep. Angelo D’Emilia, R-Bridgewater
Rep. James O’Day, D-West Boylston
Rep. Tom Sannicandro, D- Ashland
Rep. Denise Andrews, D-Orange

Stay tuned for news about hearings, which should be coming soon.

Whatever has happened with S200 by late spring, members of the legislature and the Patrick administration will be invited to a special geography program at the State House when EarthView returns to Nurse's Hall on Monday, May 6. Mark your calendars!