Rep. Khan a Champion on Environmental Issues

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April 16, 2015                                                                                                           617-742-2553


Rep. Khan a Champion on Environmental Issues

Newton legislator has perfect voting record on ELM’s issues


BOSTON — State Rep. Kay Khan continued her lengthy and strong record of environmental advocacy in the last legislative session, again proving herself a true champion for the environment, according to the new Environmental League of Massachusetts’ legislative scorecard.


“Kay Khan has been a strong advocate for us at the State House and we are proud to call her a champion of the environment,” said ELM President George Bachrach. “Our new scorecard helps us show what a strong leader she is. She has been on our side and the side of voters on issues that matter to us.”


The legislative scorecard from ELM, the oldest environmental advocacy organization in the Commonwealth, relies on roll call votes on legislation that deals with environmental and energy issues. Khan, D-Newton, rated a perfect voting record on the matters considered by the score card.


ELM gauged lawmakers on several important bills that will move the state forward – including:


  • The $2.2 billion environmental bond bill which includes authorization for capital projects related to land acquisition, water and air quality, state and urban parks, farm protection and viability, climate change adaptation and solid waste and recycling, among other items.
  • Natural gas leak legislation which begins to address threats to public safety, the release of potent greenhouse gas methane and adding to costs to ratepayers by requiring uniform leak classifications and repair timelines and establishing benchmarks for reducing lost and unaccounted for gas to reduce costs to customers.
  • Water infrastructure legislation establishing a new Massachusetts Clean Water Trust as the successor to the Water Pollution Abatement Trust and which increases funding available for water infrastructure projects. The bill includes a definition of “green infrastructure” for the first time in statute and allows the state to use “green infrastructure” when weighing incentives.
  • The Fiscal Year 2014 state budget, including amendments focused on energy and environmental issues


For more information, the full scorecard can be viewed at the ELM website.