Janet
Domenitz

Executive Director, MASSPIRG

Started on staff: 1980
B.A., magna cum laude, Brandeis University.
Janet has been the executive director of MASSPIRG since 1990 and directs programs on consumer protection, solid waste reduction and recycling, health and safety, public transportation, and voter participation. Janet has co-founded or led coalitions, including Earth Day Greater Boston, Campaign to Update the Bottle Bill and the Election Modernization Coalition. On behalf of MASSPIRG, Janet was one of the founding members of Transportation for Massachusetts (T4MA), a statewide coalition of organizations advocating investment in mass transit to curb climate change, improve public health and address equity. Janet serves as vice president for the Consumer Federation of America and serves on the Common Cause Massachusetts executive committee, Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow board of directors, and Department of Environmental Protection Solid Waste Advisory Committee. For her work, Janet has received Common Cause’s John Gardner Award and Salem State University’s Friend of the Earth Award. Janet lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and two sons, and every Wednesday morning she slow-runs the steps at Harvard Stadium with the November Project.

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‘Failing the Fix’ scorecard grades Apple, Google, Dell, others on how fixable their devices are

Right to repair

‘Failing the Fix’ scorecard grades Apple, Google, Dell, others on how fixable their devices are

BOSTON -- Consumers often don’t know which products will last and they’ll be able to fix, or which manufacturers make fixable devices and support Right to Repair. A new scorecard from MASSPIRG Education Fund, “Failing the Fix,” ranks the most popular cell phone and laptop makers for consumers who seek to purchase easily repairable products – especially those from companies who do not fight Right to Repair.

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Voting Rights Advocacy Groups to Hold Press Conference on Election Day Registration Compromise for VOTES Act

Voting & elections

Voting Rights Advocacy Groups to Hold Press Conference on Election Day Registration Compromise for VOTES Act

On Monday February 14, 2022 @ 1pm on the steps in front of the Massachusetts State House, the Election Modernization Coalition and community leaders will host "We  Voting (and Registering on Election Day)" -- an in-person press conference calling on House and Senate conference committee members to include compromise Election-Day Registration language in the final version of the VOTES Act to be sent to the Governor. Election Day Registration is a form of Same Day Registration that would allow for voters to register on election day, but not on early voting days. 

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Massachusetts House Sends VOTES Act to Conference Committee

Voting & elections

Massachusetts House Sends VOTES Act to Conference Committee

Today, the Massachusetts House approved its version of H.4359, the VOTES Act. Because the version approved today differs from the version passed by the Senate, the bill will go to a conference committee. Among the differences that need to be reconciled: Same Day voter registration provisions were stripped from the bill during House Ways and Means Committee review. When the bill was first filed, it included Same Day voter registration; and 84 Representatives, the majority of House members, signed on as cosponsors. Efforts to add Election Day Registration back into the bill during House consideration today were not successful.

Media Statements  

Massachusetts House to Vote on VOTES Act TODAY

Voting & elections

Massachusetts House to Vote on VOTES Act TODAY

When the Massachusetts House begins debate at 1pm today, it will consider H.4359, the VOTES Act. Livestream of today’s House session will be available here. When the bill was first filed, it included Same Day voter registration; and 84 Representatives, the majority of House members, signed on as cosponsors. The Same Day Registration provisions were stripped from the bill during House Ways and Means Committee review.

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