News From Senator Joyce

For Immediate Release: January 30, 2001
Further Information: Marie Blanchard (617) 722-1643


Senator Brian A. Joyce has received a final grade of "A" from the Audubon Society for his pro-environmental votes for the year 2000.

Out of a total score of 100 percent, Senator Joyce received a grade of 92 percent based on 13 Senate roll-call votes taken last year.

"Itís always nice to receive an "A" said Senator Joyce. "Especially when it is from an organization like the Audubon Society. I am firmly committed to preserving our environment and preserving our Commonwealthís natural resources for generations to come."

During the year 2000, the Senate passed a variety of environmentally friendly bills such as an amendment restricting the construction of cellular towers, and the Beaches Bill which established minimum sanitation standards to protect public bathing waters from contamination.

Senator Joyce added that he was particularly pleased with the passage of the Community Preservation Act.

"Through the Community Preservation Act, local communities now have control over the balance of development and open space. I am also excited that the state will be able to offer matching grants to help communities across the Commonwealth to preserve the environment and protect open space."

Senator Joyce also voted to override a number of the governorís vetoes which would have slashed $3.7 million in funds earmarked for the MDCís park and recreation division, $2.5 budgeted for the Department of Environmental Managementís recreation and conservation program, and the $2 million earmarked Department of Environmental Managementís inland waterways and harbor program.

For more information about the Audubon Society call (617) 523-8448. To reach Senator Brian A. Joyce, call (617) 722-1643.