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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 969         FILED ON: 1/15/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2871

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Byron Rushing

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to protect tropical forests by restricting state purchases of certain wood products.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Byron Rushing

9th Suffolk

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

Gloria L. Fox

7th Suffolk

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Michael Barrett

Third Middlesex

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 969        FILED ON: 1/15/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2871

By Mr. Rushing of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2871) of Byron Rushing and others relative to protecting tropical forests by restricting state purchases of certain wood products.  State Administration and Regulatory Oversight. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 836 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act to protect tropical forests by restricting state purchases of certain wood products.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. Section 22 of chapter 7 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting the following new subsection after line 66:--

              (17a)  The state shall not purchase wood grown in a tropical forest or products made up substantially of wood grown in a tropical forest except where a public necessity exists and no other alternative is available or unless the wood originates from second growth forests and carries independent certification, accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council. 

              For purposes of this Act, “tropical forests” are defined as any and all forests occurring within the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, including but not limited to humid tropical forests, moist tropical forests, tropical rain forests and tropical dry forests.

              For purposes of this Act, “second growth forests” is defined as forests that have been cut or severely impacted at least ten years prior to logging for wood.

              For purposes of this Act, “independent certification” is defined as a credible and internationally recognized scheme of forest management certification that is independent of any government body or any corporate entity involved in the cutting, transport, milling, distribution, supply or sales of wood products; includes the tracking of the chain-of-custody of the wood.

              Where state monies are being used, recycled plastic lumber shall be considered as an alternate material in all bids for outdoor and marine projects where hazardous material treated woods (HMTW) and tropical hardwoods are typically used, such as boardwalks, piers, pilings, fender piles, docks, bulkheads, ferry terminals, bridge decking and understructure, benches, and other outdoor state or municipal amenities.

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