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Community Preservation Act and Public Lands Preservation Act

posted Feb 3, 2011, 6:40 PM by Maynard CAN

The new legislative session is gearing up. Committee assignments are in progress, and numbers are being assigned to bills filed for consideration this year.

Meanwhile, legislators are engaged in the important work of seeking co-sponsors for legislation. The Trustees of Reservations urge you to ask your own Senator and Representative before the February 4 deadline to add their names to the list of co-sponsors for two bills which are important for new efforts to preserve community resources, and for the continued protection of existing public lands.

An Act to Sustain Community Preservation is sponsored by Senator Cynthia Stone Creem and Representative Stephen Kulik, and proposes several enhancements of the landmark Community Preservation Act (CPA), enacted in 2000 and adopted by 147 communities across the Commonwealth. The Act clarifies and expands the definition of projects which can qualify for CPA funding, creates a dependable stream of state funds to match local CPA funding commitments, and includes several technical changes designed to encourage CPA participation by cities and less affluent communities. For detailed information about the Act and about the CPA and its accomplishments, click here. Ask your Senator and Representative to contact the office of Senator Creem or Representative Kulik to sign on as co-sponsor of the Act to Sustain Community Preservation.

Public Lands Preservation Act (PLPA)
is sponsored by Senator James B. (Jamie) Eldridge and Representative Ruth Balser. State and municipal lands acquired for conservation purposes are protected by Article 97 of the Amendments to the Massachusetts Constitution. A 2/3 vote of both houses of the Legislature is required in order to convert any Art. 97 land to a non-conservation use. PLPA would require that land may converted in this manner only if there is no feasible alternative and that it be replaced by other conservation land of equal extent and value. For detailed information about PLPA, click here. Ask your Senator and Representative to contact the office of Senator Eldridge or Representative Balser to sign on as co-sponsors of PLPA. If your Senator or Representative is already a co-sponsor of this important bill, please thank him or her for that support.  

To find the name of your Senator and Representative and their contact information, click here.

Thank you for your support of these two important measures!     

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