MARLBOROUGH (MA) – State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) achieved the highest points total of any lawmaker in the Massachusetts Legislature in the Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) Action Fund’s 2017-2018 Legislative Scorecard on environmental protection. The scorecard rates legislative action, not merely votes.
“I am honored to be recognized by the ELM Action Fund as one of the Commonwealth’s leaders on environmental protection and energy conservation,” said Eldridge. “Working with ELM this session led to the passage of legislation that will reduce the Commonwealth’s dependence on fossil fuels by increasing the state’s clean energy production, and a historic environmental bond bill that authorizes over $2.4 billion in capital bonds for projects that will improve recreational opportunities, and better prepare residents, municipalities, and businesses for the impacts of climate change.”
Beyond votes, the ELM Action Fund awarded additional points to lawmakers who led by sponsoring and co-sponsoring key legislation and amendments. The ELM scorecard also deducted points from legislators who filed anti-environment legislation.
“The ELM Action Fund included other leadership activities, such as sponsoring priority legislation and joining important sign-on letters, to determine true environmental champions,” the group told the State House News Service.
“We took important steps forward this year to combat the destructive effects of climate change, but we have to acknowledge that there is much more work to be done,” said Eldridge. “I look forward to continuing my advocacy for a comprehensive environmental agenda that includes making clean energy options affordable and accessible to all residents, and provides greater access to public transit. I will also continue to push to fully fund the Department of Environmental Protection to ensure that they have the resources they need to keep our air, water, and green space clean and safe across the Commonwealth.”
To view the scorecard, visit this link.