Senator Eldridge Elected Chair of Municipalities & Regional Government Committee

For Immediate Release
2/12/09

State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) was elected Senate Chair of the Municipalities & Regional Government Committee today, and Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.  He was also named to the Joint Committees on Housing, Community Development & Small Businesses, and Elder Affairs.

“As Chair of the Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government, I look forward to examining ways to create cost savings for towns and cities and encourage regionalization of services. As our communities are facing cuts to local aid, it’s more important than ever that we take a hard look at municipal reforms to support our towns and cities,” noted Eldridge.

“Protecting our environment has long been a passion of mine,” continued Eldridge, “and I’m honored to have the opportunity to continue in the tradition of the district by serving on the Committee as the Vice Chair.

This session, we’ll see a number of bills addressing some of the most pressing environmental concerns facing our Commonwealth:  promoting green energy, improving recycling, safeguarding open spaces, and protecting our water supply, among others. As Vice Chair, I can be counted on to be a strong advocate for our natural resources.”

Eldridge has proposed a number of bills this session that will likely be referred to the Environment Committee, including legislation protecting “Article 97” lands and open space, as well as bills reinstating the Clean Environment Fund, expanding upon our existing recycling laws, and protecting local water supplies.