Save the Endangered Species Act

This just in from our Advocacy department on Beacon Hill:

ACTION ALERT: Save the Endangered Species Act TODAY!

The Massachusetts Legislature is considering revisions to the state Endangered Species Act (MESA) which would result in an effective repeal of endangered species protections in the Commonwealth.

On June 14, the Joint Committee on Environment approved Senate Bill 1854An Act relative to land takings (filed by Senator Gale Candaras). The bill has been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration. The redraft will:

  • Place impossible and unprecedented requirements on the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife (DFW) to be completed in 7 months, effectively undoing current protections for the 435 species of native animals and plants at risk in Massachusetts.
  • Inject uncertainty, delays and conflict in the project review process, leading to potential fines and lawsuits against landowners and developers.
  • Up-end long-standing appeal procedures and case law putting DFW on different footing than every other agency in the Commonwealth.

This unfunded agency mandate would create an unworkable system leaving endangered species unprotected. To learn more, read the letter in opposition signed by 72 conservation and sportsmen’s organizations, which includes a bill summary and FAQ.  Here is the most recent SB1854 text.

PLEASE ACT NOW!

We urge you to contact your state representative and senator – by phone, email or mail – today. Ask them to protect endangered species and oppose SB1854An Act relative to land takings and ask them to communicate their position to leadership. In the House, that’s Speaker DeLeo and Chairman of House Ways and Means Brian Dempsey and in the Senate, that’s Senate President Murray and Chairman of Senate Ways and Means Stephen Brewer.

Find out who your legislators are and how to contact them.

We expect the bill to be sent to the House Committee on Ways and Means this week and the bill may get a new number. We will keep you posted.

Thank you for stepping up to protect endangered species!

Photo of an Eastern box turtle © Joy Marzolf

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About Hillary T.

Where: Mass Audubon Headquarters, Lincoln Who: Massachusetts transplant by way of Florida and New York. Raising two young girls, who she hopes will be budding naturalists Favorite part of the job: Learning something new every day from some of the smartest and most enthusiastic groups of people

2 thoughts on “Save the Endangered Species Act

  1. Lauren marino

    Please let me know what has happened with this act
    And what it’s new # is
    Does Scott brown have any position or say On it?

    Reply
    1. Hillary Post author

      The bill was defeated in the Massachusetts state legislature but will come up again next year. When it does come up again, it will then get a new number. You can read more about the issue in our Beacon Hill Roundup enewsletter and stay on top of new developments by subscribing.

      As for Scott Brown, since this was a state issue and not a federal issue, he wasn’t involved in this debate.

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