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Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government hearing on BILL TO EMPOWER MUNICIPAL ZONING FOR SOLAR SITING

November 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Hearing at the State House and virtually: Tuesday, November 14 at 1 p.m. Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government

On Bill to support municipal regulation of large industrial solar

What you can do: There are many ways to make your voice heard: Attend the hearing, testify verbally or in writing, sign the Community Land & Water Coalition petition, and/or ask your legislator to co-sponsor the Bill! The current sponsors are Paul McMurtry (11th Norfolk), Jacob R. Oliveira (Hampden, Hampshire and Worcester), Michael P. Kushmerek (3d Worcester) and Mathew J. Muratore (1st Plymouth)

  What the Bill does: Senate 1319/House 2082 is An Act regarding Municipal Zoning Powers. It’s goal is to  support efforts by municipalities to ensure large scale ground mounted solar projects protect our water, forests and communities. It updates Massachusetts zoning laws to address today’s challenges with siting large industrial solar and battery storage.

 Attend the Hearing and testify: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023, 1:00 pm In person and virtually. The hearing details are here. If you wish to testify, either in person or virtually, please follow the link above and register no later than 3:00 pm, Monday, November 13, 2023 It takes you to this form If you wish to testify on a panel, please indicate that on the Google form. Once registered, you will receive an email with instructions for joining the hearing. Oral testimony is limited to 3 minutes per person.

In person testimony is at the State House

  • Watch the Hearing The hearing will be broadcast on https://malegislature.gov/Events when the hearing commences.
  • Testify by sending your comments in writing to the Joint Committee by Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. Send to municipalitiescommittee@gmail.com. Include the Bill Numbers: S.1319/H.2082 and the word “Testimony” in the subject line of the email. Address your comments to House Chair Rep. Carole Fiola and Senate Chair Sen. Jacob Oliveira.

Sign the Community Land & Water Coalition on-line petition here by November 20, 2023. CLWC will deliver the signatures to the Joint Committee

Get co-sponsors: Help us get other legislators to co-sponsor this Bill. You can use this on-line letter to ask your state representative and senator to co-sponsor this bill



November 14
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


MA Statehouse
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