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Municipalities that are ready to go are blocked by current state law,” Gouveia said. “We’re just having the state get out of the way.”

Gouveia on need for all-electric building legislation

By Sarah Shemkus

Activists and municipal leaders say a bill allowing Massachusetts cities and towns to ban natural gas in new construction and renovations is needed more than ever in light of a new building code proposal.

“The proposal was just disappointing on every level,” said Lisa Cunningham, a climate activist and member of the town of Brookline’s representative town meeting. “They’re allowing the installation of fossil fuels at every single level — they’re driving us in the wrong direction.”