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AIA Massachusetts Government Affairs Committee

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Carbon Pricing: A Conversation with Senator Mike Barrett

On Tuesday, November 20 at 11am-12pm at BSA Space, AIA Massachusetts has the rare
opportunity to host one of the most influential MA lawmakers leading the charge for “first in the
nation” major environmental legislation.

Senator Mike Barrett (D- Lexington) is State Senator for nine Massachusetts communities —
Bedford, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Lincoln, Waltham, Weston, and large parts of Lexington
and Sudbury. He serves as Senate Chair of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on
Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.

Senator Barrett authored Senate Bill S.1821 “An Act Combating Climate Change” which passed
the MA Senate in June 2018 with broad support and co-sponsors, making the Massachusetts
Senate the first legislative body in the U.S., either federal or state, to approve revenue-neutral
fees as a carbon pricing option.

At BSA Space, the Senator will discuss:
· His view on the importance of a carbon fee;
· How his thinking on the issue has evolved over the last couple of legislative sessions;
· The similarities and differences between his bill and Rep. Benson’s carbon pricing bill;
· His view of the politics in getting either bill enacted here in MA;
· What specific suggestions he has on how architects can help pass the bill;
· Insights from his recent participation in the Global Climate Action Summit in San

Don’t miss this chance to speak directly with Senator Barrett and learn the details of this critical,
far-reaching proposal which would affect the building and transportation sectors and all
Massachusetts residents.

For those that cannot attend in person, a remote option is available:
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
Telephone: 646-876-9923 or 669-900-6833
Meeting ID: 308 534 524

For those attending in person, please RSVP to [email protected] as soon as possible,
since space is limited.

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