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Legislative priorities


 

H.3713, an Act to promote healthy soils

This legislation would create a program within the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources to supply farmers with technical assistance and financial incentives to promote the incorporation of regenerative agricultural techniques. Healthy soils are essential to the quality of our foods, our water ways, our farm sector, and our ability to mitigate, and reverse, the damage of climate change. Due to recent advancements in the field, there is no longer a reason to sacrifice environmental stewardship for economic prosperity. In a world of constantly evolving technologies and practices we can have both.

o   This legislation is currently before the House Committee on Ways and Means


H.4042, aN ACT RELATED TO FAILED SEPTIC SYSTEMS

Nitrogen pollution, a prominent concern for the Westport River, is largely attributed to the run off from neighboring septic systems. This bill would allow municipalities the option to grant low interest rates to homeowners to upgrade or replace their septic systems.

  • This legislation is currently before the House Committee on Bills in the Third Reading

 

h.3437, an act to reduce the fee for motor vehicles veteran registration plates

This bill would eliminate the $20 annual fee for veteran’s license plates.

  •  No further action is anticipated during this legislative session


FY19 Budget highlights

  • $120,000 awarded for the Farm to School programs as part of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.

  • Successfully negotiated $50,000 for the Buzzards Bay Coalition which will support water quality monitoring programs throughout the bay and the Vineyard Sound.

  • Mass in Motion, a statewide movement focusing on obesity prevention and maintaining a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise, was awarded $250,000.

  • $80,000 to support UMass Dartmouth student mentors who work in under served populations of New Bedford and Fall River


For more information

For a complete listing of Representative Schmid’s legislative agenda, committee assignments, and budget priorities, log onto to his personal page as part of the Massachusetts Legislature.


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