Breaking News: With near unanimous support from both the House and Senate, the first in the nation Gas Leaks legislation, an effort led by Rep. Lori Ehrlich, was signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick! The Boston Globe and The Marblehead Reporter have the story.
"This is now the only place where gas leaks are regulated under state law," he said.
Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey, who filed federal legislation modeled after the new state law, called Ehrlich's bill visionary.
My federal legislation reflects Rep. Ehrlich's bill, and I hope that my colleagues in the U.S. Senate will follow the lead of the Massachusetts state Legislature and Governor Patrick, Markey said on Tuesday. "We should take this incredible Massachusetts leadership and expand it to the entire country."
Lori is serving her fourth term as the Democratic State Representative of the 8th Essex District. She holds a BS in Accounting from Lehigh University and her professional career as a Certified Public Accountant has spanned two-and-a-half decades working for a large regional New England firm and managing her own practice. She also holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. While at Harvard, she was the Founder and President of the Kennedy School of Government's Energy Caucus and drew inspiration and campaign skills in Harvard's Women in Public Policy's program From Harvard Square to the Oval Office.
Her founding of two award winning public health advocacy non-profits has given her valuable experience in working with stakeholders in the community, the State House, and federal government. In that work, she led the charge for the cleanup of coal ash from the drinking water for 80,000 residents in Salem, Beverly and parts of Wenham. Her expertise has been widely recognized on the state level and, on several occasions, she has testified in Washington, DC. Her energy and environmental statewide advocacy is chronicled in this magazine article where the headline refers to her as a "Mother Grizzly from Marblehead" because always as a volunteer, she has been an advocate for her community throughout her adult life.
In the legislature, Lori proudly serves as the Vice Chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development and as a member of the House Ways & Means Committee. In addition, she is also a member of the House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures & State Assets. Additionally, Lori worked with advocates in drafting and then championed the landmark Massachusetts anti-bullying law and received the Anti-Defamation League’s Good Citizenship Award for her work.