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Introducing the Healthy Families and Businesses Act

Posted on Jan 29, 2013
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photo by treehouse1977We all know someone living with cancer, asthma, learning disabilities, birth defects, or another devastating health problem linked to toxic chemicals. Massachusetts can protect the health of citizens and save in health care costs by passing legislation that would replace toxic chemicals with safer alternatives wherever feasible.Thankfully, such legislation has been filed in the State House: the Healthy Families and Businesses Act. 

An Act for Healthy Families and Businesses (H.235/S.354) was filed by Rep. Jay Kaufman and Sen. Kenneth Donnelly. It is a new version of the Safer Alternatives Bill, which AHT supported in previous years.

With this bill, we have an opportunity to make sweeping changes in favor of health and environment this year, changes that could be a model for the rest of the country. There has never been a better time to push for toxics legislation. The majority of small businesses are in favor of strong toxics legislation, and consumers are demanding safer, healthier chemicals in products we all use everyday.

Our journey to pass the Healthy Families and Businesses Act is off to a great start. Legislators have until Friday, February 1st, to demonstrate their support by signing on as co-sponsors, and many have already done so (see below, and check back later for updates). We will need even more support to give this bill the running start it needs. Please write to your legislators today, and ask them to take the first step toward turning this hopeful bill into powerful law. Together we can create a greener, healthier Massachusetts.

The following legislators signed on as cosponsors to the Healthy Family and Business Act. Please thank them!

Senate:
Michael Barrett
William N. Brownsberger
Harriette L. Chandler
Katherine M. Clark
Cynthia Creem
Sal N. DiDomenico
Kenneth J. Donnelly (lead sponsor)
Eileen Donoghue
James B. Eldridge
Patricia Jehlen
Brian Joyce
Thomas McGee
Michael Moore
Richard Moore
Kathleen O'Connor Ives
Anthony W. Petruccelli
Stanley C. Rosenberg
Richard Ross
Karen Spilka
James E. Timilty
James Welch
Daniel A. Wolf

House:
Denise Andrews
Brian Ashe
Cory Atkins
Ruth Balser
Jennifer Benson
Antonio Cabral
Christine Canavan
Thomas Conroy
Marjorie Decker
Paul Donato
James Dwyer
Lori Ehrlich
Linda Dorcena Forry
Sean Garballey
Denise Garlick
Thomas Golden
Kenneth I. Gordon
Jonathan Hecht
Carlos Henriquez
Jay R. Kaufman (lead sponsor)
Louis Kafka
Mary Keefe
Kay Khan
Peter V. Kocot
Stephen Kulik
Jason Lewis
Timothy Madden
Frank Moran
John Mahoney
Paul McMurtry
James O'Day
Sarah Peake
Alice Peisch
Denise Provost
David Rogers
Byron Rushing
Tom Sannicandro
John Scibak
Carl Sciortino
Frank Smizik
Theodore Speliotis
Thomas Stanley
Ellen Story
Benjamin Swan
Aaron Vega
Martha M. Walz
Daniel Winslow