Senator Michael Barrett, a Lexington Democrat and one of the bill’s chief sponsors and lead negotiators, called the signing of the bill a “satisfying moment.”
“This pathbreaking climate law makes a fresh start to Massachusetts’ work of curbing emissions,” he said. “We’re resetting the bar for ourselves, moving it higher, so we need everyone in state government pulling in the same direction.”
While he said he appreciated Baker signing the bill — which was passed with overwhelming support by the Legislature, enough to have overridden another veto — Barrett warned the administration not to take any steps to undercut it.
“Attempts to evade legislative intent and substitute the weaker preferences of the executive branch have got to stop,” he said. “If these efforts continue, they will trigger a wave of lawsuits, something none of us want.”