For the 2013-2014 Massachusetts legislative session, Mass Audubon has identified several priority bills.
An Act Relative To The Massachusetts Endangered Species Act
Improves the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MESA), which provides protections for the Commonwealth’s most imperiled species. Since the Act’s enactment in 1990, Massachusetts has emerged as a leader in species protection and in providing guidance to private landowners under the law. Learn More
An Act Relative to Sustainable Water Resources
Amends the Water Management Act to improve water flow and water levels for community water suppliers, fish, and other species. In addition, it will also make dam safety measures easier to implement. Learn More
An Act Relative to the Protection of Old Growth Forests
Provides much-needed permanent protection for the last of our stands of ancient trees found on state lands. Learn More
An Act Updating the Bottle Bill
Expands the 5-cent bottle deposit law to include non-carbonated beverages like sports drinks, bottled water, and iced tea, causing fewer bottles to end up in landfills or as litter. Learn More
State Budget Priorities
Mass Audubon challenges the Patrick Administration and the Massachusetts legislature to restore environmental funding to a minimum of 1% of the total operating budget (currently it is only at about 0.6%), and to restore full funding for the Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program, which remains about $100,000 too low. For specific details on how we think programs should be funded, see our 2013 state budget recommendations.
Other Critical State Issues
In addition to our work on legislation, Mass Audubon is also involved in:
Mass Audubon supports a scientifically based approach to mosquito control focused on protecting human health and minimizing environmental impacts. This includes the Department of Public Health's plan for management of mosquito-borne diseases, which limits use of pesticides based on the levels of mosquito and disease activity.
Mass Audubon generally opposes most nuisance control practices, including spraying of pesticides to kill adult mosquitoes when there is a relatively low risk of mosquito-borne disease. We also support reforms to improve the outdated and inefficient mosquito control laws in Massachusetts. Learn More
Parks and Conservation Lands
Publicly-owned lands play a critical role in protection of natural habitats, wildlife, and water resources. Mass Audubon is working to support the protection of forests and other important land and water resources at the state and local levels. Learn More
At times, Mass Audubon will oppose activities that are incompatible with biodiversity conservation. We will act decisively yet fairly to abate these threats, and take great pains to discuss controversial issues with stakeholders to find consensus and avert unnecessary conflicts. Learn More
Mass Audubon works with the Massachusetts congressional delegation and the Obama administration to defend and restore America's conservation legacy, and to guide the nation to a healthier and more sustainable future. Learn More