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Report: One year after new federal law implemented, robocalls fall, robotexts skyrocket

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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.

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New list: Approaching 11th anniversary, top 11 actions CFPB recently took that anger financial industry

Consumer alerts

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.

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Statement: U.S. PIRG joins Rep. Maloney and Sens. Booker and Warren for press conference on predatory overdraft fees

Consumer alerts

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.

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Statement: Advocates applaud Massachusetts House vote to make permanent remote access to public meetings

Tax & budget

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.

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Statement: New federal rule would help tackle country’s largest source of global warming pollution: transportation

Global warming solutions

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.

Media Statements  

Rhode Island Governor signs new law banning PFAS in food packaging

Toxic threats

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.

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Statement: Air travel chaos reinforces need for airlines to be more accountable to passengers

Consumer alerts

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.

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