State of Massachusetts secondary Archives: on Environment


Don Berwick: The air matters, the water matters; it's all a system

Q: You alluded to a lot of momentum here in Massachusetts. Can you take it to another level? Where do you see it going? It isn't just healthcare, right?

A: No. I wouldn't do this if I were only interested in healthcare. I'm interested in community, in working together--and that means small communities, not just statewide. I've been thinking more and more about what I call thriving or flourishing, or being the kind of community we want to be. That's not healthcare alone. Healthcare's got to be right, but everything triangulates on it. It's a system. Schools matter, roads matter, talent matters, the air matters, the water matters, and one of the wonderful things I think about is that if I get to be governor, I can work at that systemic level.

Source: Medscape interview on 2014 Massachusetts governor's race Feb 18, 2014

Deval Patrick: Actively protect water and wetlands

Repairing sewers and storm drains, treating wastewater, and modernizing our water infrastructure are essential responsibilities of government. My administration will get those jobs done. We will also restore the Commonwealth’s leadership among the states in protecting coastal and inland wetlands.
Source: Moving Massachusetts Forward, Patrick’s policy booklet, p.32 Sep 15, 2005

Deval Patrick: Focus on environmental justice in poor communities

[I support] environmental health and justice. My administration will not sideline poor communities and communities of color when it comes to addressing the use of toxic chemicals and the clean-up of polluted sites. The Department of Environmental Protection will have appropriate resources to run the state’s clean-up program. Massachusetts has made an important start on reducing toxic mercury emissions from power plants, but [we should] work to phase out the use of mercury in consumer products.
Source: Moving Massachusetts Forward, Patrick’s policy booklet, p.33 Sep 15, 2005

Deval Patrick: Invest in public transportation & smart growth

Public transportation is good for the environment, for our communities, for our quality of life and for our economy. I will invest in high quality, efficient, convenient, safe, and attractive public transportation across the state.

My administration will make transportation policy a centerpiece of “smart growth,” and will work with local governments and developers on incentives to redevelop under-used parcels of land near public transportation.

Source: Moving Massachusetts Forward, Patrick’s policy booklet, p.34 Sep 15, 2005

Karyn Polito: Voted NO on requiring dental amalgam (mercury) separators

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part VIII: Environment: Toxics Use Reductions. [State Rep. Polito, a Republican, voted NO].

Gov. Romney vetoed a budget line item ("Section 41") which would require the use of advanced filtration technology, certified amalgam separators at each dental office in Massachusetts, and would empower the department of environmental protection to enforce this (because dental amalgam contains high levels of mercury). The House vote was to override the governor's veto. A yes vote would override the veto and impose the requirement. A no vote would sustain the veto and not require separating out the mercury.

Relevant platform section: Toxics Use Reductions: We strongly support the state's Toxics Use Reduction Law...while encouraging reduced use of environmentally hazardous materials.

Source citation: Bill Veto Override, sec. 41 ; vote number H875

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 30, 2004

Marty Walsh: Voted YES on requiring dental amalgam (mercury) separators

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part VIII: Environment: Toxics Use Reductions. [State Rep. Walsh, a Republican, voted YES].

Gov. Romney vetoed a budget line item ("Section 41") which would require the use of advanced filtration technology, certified amalgam separators at each dental office in Massachusetts, and would empower the department of environmental protection to enforce this (because dental amalgam contains high levels of mercury). The House vote was to override the governor's veto. A yes vote would override the veto and impose the requirement. A no vote would sustain the veto and not require separating out the mercury.

Relevant platform section: Toxics Use Reductions: We strongly support the state's Toxics Use Reduction Law...while encouraging reduced use of environmentally hazardous materials.

Source citation: Bill Veto Override, sec. 41 ; vote number H875

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 30, 2004

Karyn Polito: Opposed keeping park maintenance funding within MDC

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part VIII: Environment:Safeguarding Natural Resources. [State Rep. Polito, a Republican, voted NO].

Vote on overriding the governor's veto of the following section: The division of urban parks and recreation in the department of conservation and recreation shall assume the sole responsibility for the delivery and the performance of services for all maintenance and repair work, including snow and ice control, for the roads and bridges previously under the control of the Metropolitan District Commission. No MDC assets or services may be transferred either in whole or in part to any other agency, without the express prior approval of the general court.

Relevant platform section: "We believe in the value of public parks and beaches in our Commonwealth that are clean, safe, well maintained, and which offer a wide range of recreational choices."

Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 447

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Nov 17, 2003

Marty Walsh: Supported keeping park maintenance funding within MDC

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part VIII: Environment:Safeguarding Natural Resources. [State Rep. Walsh voted YES].

Vote on overriding the governor's veto of the following section: The division of urban parks and recreation in the department of conservation and recreation shall assume the sole responsibility for the delivery and the performance of services for all maintenance and repair work, including snow and ice control, for the roads and bridges previously under the control of the Metropolitan District Commission. No MDC assets or services may be transferred either in whole or in part to any other agency, without the express prior approval of the general court.

Relevant platform section: "We believe in the value of public parks and beaches in our Commonwealth that are clean, safe, well maintained, and which offer a wide range of recreational choices."

Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 447

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Nov 17, 2003

Scott Brown: Opposed keeping park maintenance funding within MDC

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part VIII: Environment:Safeguarding Natural Resources. [State Senator Brown, a Republican, voted NO].

Vote on overriding the governor's veto of the following section: The division of urban parks and recreation in the department of conservation and recreation shall assume the sole responsibility for the delivery and the performance of services for all maintenance and repair work, including snow and ice control, for the roads and bridges previously under the control of the Metropolitan District Commission. No MDC assets or services may be transferred either in whole or in part to any other agency, without the express prior approval of the general court.

Relevant platform section: "We believe in the value of public parks and beaches in our Commonwealth that are clean, safe, well maintained, and which offer a wide range of recreational choices."

Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 447

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Nov 17, 2003

Richard Tisei: Supported cuts in Water Management Act enforcement

Mass. Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part VIII: Environment :Environmental Law Enforcement. [State Sen. Tisei, a Republican, voted NO]. Voted NO on Veto override of cuts in Water Management Act enforcement, to override Gov. Romney's reduction of Budget Line Item 2800-0101, which eliminated the ability of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority to patrol watershed areas and enforce the Water Management Act.

The relevant part of the MassDems Platform is PART VIII: ENVIRONMENT, PRESERVATION & SUSTAINABILITY: Environmental Law Enforcement: "We believe it is a basic responsibility of government to ensure that all laws enacted to protect our environment are obeyed and enforced. We support more frequent inspections, vigorous enforcement, penalties sufficiently high to take away any economic incentive to disobey the law, and earmarking a portion of such penalties for environmental cleanup."

Reference: Bill H.4004 item 2800-0101 ; vote number S221 on Jul 17, 2003

Source: Massachusetts Senate voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 17, 2003

Karyn Polito: Voted NO on reduced fees for blood lead level testing

Mass. Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part VIII: Environment: Food Safety, Pesticides and Public Health. [State Rep. Polito, a Republican, voted NO].

Override Gov. Romney's veto of exception of fees charged for the testing of blood lead levels (fees charged by the division of occupational safety). The fees would be limited based on the fees in 2002.

Relevant budget section: SECTION 631. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary and with the exception of fees charged for the testing of blood lead levels, fees charged by the division of occupational safety... shall be set at a rate not less than twice the rate charged on July 1, 2002.".

Relevant platform section: PART VIII: "We believe state and federal regulatory agencies should pay especially close attention to pollutants that have a direct impact on our families' health, with a particular emphasis on regulating mercury, arsenic, pesticides, & lead."

Source citation: Bill Veto Override ; vote #H176

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 8, 2003

Marty Walsh: Voted YES on reduced fees for blood lead level testing

Mass. Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part VIII: Environment: Food Safety, Pesticides and Public Health. [State Rep. Walsh, a Republican, voted YES].

Override Gov. Romney's veto of exception of fees charged for the testing of blood lead levels (fees charged by the division of occupational safety). The fees would be limited based on the fees in 2002.

Relevant budget section: SECTION 631. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary and with the exception of fees charged for the testing of blood lead levels, fees charged by the division of occupational safety... shall be set at a rate not less than twice the rate charged on July 1, 2002.".

Relevant platform section: PART VIII: "We believe state and federal regulatory agencies should pay especially close attention to pollutants that have a direct impact on our families' health, with a particular emphasis on regulating mercury, arsenic, pesticides, & lead."

Source citation: Bill Veto Override ; vote #H176

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 8, 2003

Richard Tisei: Voted NO on reduced fees for blood lead level testing

Mass. Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part VIII: Environment: Food Safety, Pesticides and Public Health. [State Sen. Tisei, a Republican, voted NO].

Override Gov. Romney's veto of exception of fees charged for the testing of blood lead levels (fees charged by the division of occupational safety). The fees would be limited based on the fees in 2002.

Relevant budget section: SECTION 631. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary and with the exception of fees charged for the testing of blood lead levels, fees charged by the division of occupational safety... shall be set at a rate not less than twice the rate charged on July 1, 2002.".

Relevant platform section: PART VIII: "We believe state and federal regulatory agencies should pay especially close attention to pollutants that have a direct impact on our families' health, with a particular emphasis on regulating mercury, arsenic, pesticides, & lead."

Source citation: Bill Veto Override ; vote #H176

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 8, 2003

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