Advocacy for Legislation

SVT participates in non-partisan work to advocate for policies and funding that directly advance the land protection and stewardship of natural areas around the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers as well as in Massachusetts in general. SVT does not participate in campaigns for or against any political candidate.

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2019 – 2020 Legislative Priorities

SVT supports the following:
  

Community Preservation Act

H.2463 An Act to sustain Community Preservation revenue (Sen. Creem; Rep. Ferrante)

  • Increase the fees collected at the Registries of Deeds across the state for the first time since 2000, increasing the base match for CPA communities to over 40%.

Status: Referred to the Joint Committee on Revenue, Senate concurred (January 2019)

  
Conservation Land Tax Credit

H.2522 An Act relative to the conservation land tax credit (Sen. Tarr, Sen. Hinds, Rep. Jones, Rep. Pignatelli)

  • Raise the annual cap of the EEA CLTC Program from $2 million to $5 million over three years (There is currently a $6 million backlog).
  • Amend the definition of “public or private conservation agency” that may receive donations of land subject to a conservation tax credit to include realty trusts organized for conservation purposes pursuant to Chapter 203 (more than one third of land trusts in Massachusetts are organized as realty trusts).
  • Provide a ten-year sunset of this act.

Status: Referred to the Joint Committee on Revenue, Senate concurred (January 2019)

  
No Net Loss/Article 97

H.732  An Act protecting the natural resources of the Commonwealth (Sen. Eldridge, Rep. Balser)

  • “No net loss” or “Public Lands Protection Act (PLPA)” bill would prevent loss of constitutionally protected open space (Article 97 lands) by requiring replacement land, as well as notification to EEA prior to filing legislation to dispose of land. Codifies state’s “no net loss” policy.

Status: Referred to the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture (January 2019)

  
Pollinator Habitat

S.497/H.818 An Act to protect pollinator habitat (Sen. Lewis, Rep. Keefe)

  • Establish a commission to study statewide opportunities for improving pollinator health by increasing and enhancing native habitat.
  • The commission shall examine many issues relevant to pollinator health, including the current laws and regulations, public awareness, funding, best management practices, and the use of agricultural and non-agricultural lands.
  • The commission will report its finding and propose solutions to the legislature.

Status: Referred to the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture (January 2019)

  
Neonicotinoid

H.763 An Act to protect Massachusetts pollinators (Rep. Dykema)

  • Prohibit the use of neonicotinoid pesticides by any person other than a certified applicator.
  • Require certain notifications regarding the danger of neonicotinoids.

Status: Referred to the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture (January 2019)

  
Invasive Species

S.491 An Act responding to the threat of invasive species (Sen. Jehlen)

  • Create a new Invasive Species Council under the Department of Agricultural Resources.
  • Create an Invasive Species Trust Fund to support invasive species management and removal.

Status: Referred to the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture (January 2019)

   
Carbon Storage

S.2014/H.842 An Act to sustain natural and working lands carbon in communities (Sen. Jehlen, Rep. Peake)

  • Enable the EEA to accurately measure carbon stored by, and released from, natural and working lands.
  • Enable the EEA to set a goal and create a plan for increasing the size of our natural carbon sink, and to create policies, programs, goals, grants, and incentives, as identified in the plan, in order to reach said goal with public and private lands.
  • Establish the Communities for a Sustainable Climate Program, which provides technical assistance and funding to municipalities that sign up and adopt carbon-friendly local policies and practices.

Status: S.2014 referred to the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy; H.842 referred to the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture (January 2019)