Actions 9/29

Two important hearings next Wednesday!

Speak out for the ACCESS (Advancing Contraceptive Coverage and Economic Security in our State) bill, H.536/S.499, which will guarantee coverage for all FDA-approved contraceptive drugs, devices, and supplies, including sterilization, without a copay—no matter what happens nationally. ACA coverage remains vulnerable as federal officials appear to be finalizing a rule that would allow virtually any employer, not just a religious organization, to remove birth control coverage if contraception violates the organization’s “moral convictions.”

The bill will be heard by the Joint Committee on Financial Services in the Gardner Auditorium this Wednesday from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm. Naral has info on the hearing and a sign-up form for those who plan to attend. If you can’t, you could send written testimony to the committee chairs, Senator James Eldridge and Representative Aaron Michlewitz. For more details and supporting information, see this NARAL document. Address your email to Honorable Chairmen and Members of the Joint Committee, include personal experiences or concerns, and sign with your name and address.


Support ramping up Massachusetts’ solar capacity. H.2706/S.1864, An Act Relative to Solar Power and the Green Economy, removes the barriers to solar development known as “net metering caps,” accelerates the Renewable Portfolio Standard to increase by 3% per year, and sets a statewide goal of 17.5% of electricity from solar by 2025 and 25% by 2030. It will also be heard on Wednesday, by the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm in Room A-2 at the State House. If you can’t be there, send written testimony to the committee chairs, Senator Michael Barrett and Representative Thomas A. Golden. Address your email to Honorable Chairmen and Members of the Joint Committee, include personal experiences or concerns, and sign with your name and address.