Statement from the Election Modernization Coalition regarding the SJC Decision in Lyons v. Sec of the Commonwealth
Statement: EPA targets two toxic PFAS chemicals under Superfund law
Mass. legislators, advocates celebrate major new climate law
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Biden promises action on climate change during event at former coal plant
President Joe Biden took his campaign to slow down climate change and speed up our transition to clean energy to the site of the former Brayton Point coal-fired power plant on Wednesday.
Statement: U.S. Postal Service more than doubles its electric vehicle commitment
The U.S. Postal Service announced on Wednesday that it would purchase at least 25,000 electric vehicles as part of its plan to replace an aging fleet, more than doubling its previous commitment.
Report: One year after new federal law implemented, robocalls fall, robotexts skyrocket
A year after a new federal law aimed at fighting robocalls, the number of phone companies that have adopted the required technology has quadrupled and the volume of scam robocalls has dropped in half. But spam texts have increased more than tenfold as con artists and identity thieves find alternative ways to steal Americans’ personal information and money.
New list: Approaching 11th anniversary, top 11 actions CFPB recently took that anger financial industry
As the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) turns 11 years old, a new list from U.S. PIRG highlights 11 ways this crucial agency has rededicated itself to its mission since Rohit Chopra was confirmed as its new director by the Senate last fall.
Massachusetts legislature extends remote access to public meetings
The Massachusetts legislature has extended the option for public bodies subject to the Open Meeting Law to continue conducting meetings virtually, with remote access for members of the public. The option to hold virtual public meetings was set to expire statewide today.
Statement: U.S. PIRG joins Rep. Maloney and Sens. Booker and Warren for press conference on predatory overdraft fees
Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (NY) and Sens. Cory Booker (NJ) and Elizabeth Warren (MA) were joined by Mike Litt, U.S. PIRG’s consumer campaign director, and other advocates Tuesday to urge action on legislation to protect financial institutions’ customers from predatory overdraft fees.
Statement: Advocates applaud Massachusetts House vote to make permanent remote access to public meetings
With the option to hold virtual public meetings set to expire statewide on July 15, the Massachusetts House of Representatives today voted to extend remote access to public meetings until March 31, 2023. The House also amended the bill to require public meetings to be hybrid thereafter to ensure that members of the public can remotely access and participate in public meetings, in addition to the option of attending in person.
Statement: New federal rule would help tackle country’s largest source of global warming pollution: transportation
WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden’s administration announced a new proposed rule on Thursday to address the climate impact of the nation’s transportation system. The rule, proposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), will require state transportation departments and metropolitan planning organizations to report the carbon dioxide emissions of vehicles traveling on their respective sections of the federal highway system, and to set declining yearly emissions targets. The public will have 90 days to comment on the proposed rule.
Rhode Island Governor signs new law banning PFAS in food packaging
Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee signed a new law last night banning PFAS in food packaging, becoming the 9th state to do so. Public health, community and environmental organizations urged Massachusetts legislators to do the same by passing the pending bill to ban PFAS in food packaging in Massachusetts.
Statement: Air travel chaos reinforces need for airlines to be more accountable to passengers
U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) and six other consumer and passenger rights groups have sent a letter to Congress asking the chairs and ranking members of the Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee and the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee to make it clear to airlines they need to reform -- urgently.