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Press Statement on Governor Baker’s Veto of Early Voting Appropriation

From our earliest civics classes, we learn that when a bill becomes a law it must be enacted and enforced. This is a basic tenet of government, but it has been compromised by Governor Charlie Baker’s cut to the early voting budget. 

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Massachusetts Election Modernization Coalition Statement on Early Voting Costs

In response to a Politico Massachusetts article, released yesterday, titled Cities and towns fret over costs of early voting,” the Massachusetts Election Modernization Coalition has released a statement clarifying our position.

In an election year that promises to have record turnout, access to the polls will be more important than ever. That is why the Election Modernization Coalition is pleased that the City of Boston has released today a citizen’s survey to inform their early voting plan for this fall. 

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LEGISLATURE PASSES CRITICAL PUBLIC RECORDS REFORM BILL

The Massachusetts House and senate voted unanimously in support of H.4333, a much needed overhaul of the Commonwealth's public records law, which has not been updated since 1973. The bill strengthens state and local government transparency and accountability, and promotes citizen participation.

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House Passes Critical Public Records Reform Bill

The Massachusetts House voted unanimously in support of H.4333, a much needed overhaul of the Commonwealth's public records law, which has not been updated since 1973. The bill strengthens state and local government transparency and accountability, and promotes citizen participation.

U.S. PIRG's Top 5 Change-Makers

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This week, Time Magazine came out with its annual Top 100 Most Influential People list, but what about the men and women who made a difference for regular Americans on the issues facing all of us?

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Remove voter barrier, establish automatic registration

The Feb. 10th deadline to register to vote in the Massachusetts state primary has passed, leaving many eligible voters, once again, out of the democratic process.

Senate to vote on improved access to Public Records

By | Deirdre Cummings
Legislative Director

MA Senate to vote on critical reforms to state public records law. Read my letter to the senate on important amendments to strenghten law and amendments which would weaken or gut the law.

MASSPIRG Praises Senate Action on Government Transparency

By | Deirdre Cummings
Legislative Director

Senate committee passes critically important reforms to our broken public records law.

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Opportunities for real reform of Citizens United

January isn't dark just because of the weather. This month, the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision turns six, marking another year of mega-donor politics and secret political spending. It's the same court decision that determined money is speech and corporations are people, both concepts fundamentally at odds with a democratic system of government and basic common sense.

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