Sen. Jamie Eldridge Named To State Senate Committees

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State Sen. Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) Photo Credit: Bret Matthew (file photo)

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass. — State Sen. Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) has been reappointed as Senate chair of the Joint Committee on Housing for the upcoming legislative session.

He pledged to pursue zoning and Chapter 40B reform, as well as to review Gov. Deval Patrick's public housing authority legislation. 

"I look forward to examining ways to continue to provide greater access to housing for the people of the Middlesex and Worcester District and advance policies that will help move Massachusetts out of its housing crisis," Eldridge said.

He was also reappointed as vice chair of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, where he promised to promote investments in energy efficiency and disaster relief management. Eldridge also said he would promote legislation passed last session that doubled the amount of alternative energy that investor-owned utilities must purchase.

In addition to these positions, Eldridge was named to the Joint Committees on Mental Health and Substance Abuse and Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.

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kim shepherd:

Senator Eldridge, forcing utilities to buy power from your crony capitalist friends is costing the citizens in your District dearly in their monthly electric bills. The price of gasoline alone is killing household budgets all over the State. Higher electric bills will be enough to send some over their own fiscal cliff. STOP IT! If you want to invest in these green energy companies, dig in your own pocket for a change or find investors! If I wanted to invest in these companies, I would do it myself. The taxpayers should be not funding your pet projects only to see these companies go out of business and be stuck with the tab. How many more failed green companies do you think the taxpayers can stomach? Blocking the NSTAR/NE Utilities merger until they agreed to buy Cape Wind power is nothing less than EXTORTION. They had refused because of the negative impact the cost of that energy would have on rates but our elected officials obviously want us to pay more because they extorted the contract out of them before they allowed the merger to move forward. Criminal, absolutely criminal.