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Consumer Privacy Fight In Congress Intensifies

By | Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

The media are reporting that efforts led by BigTech and BigPhone to push Congress to enact a self-serving umbrella privacy law on Capitol Hill are stalling. But that's only for now; they are still pushing hard. Pushback from legislators with stronger state laws is helping slow them down. So are the welcome efforts of civil rights colleagues to demand that digital and algorithmic decisions not discriminate. There's an important civil rights briefing later this afternoon on Capitol Hill. Learn more. 

MASSPIRG calls for free open college textbooks

By | Deirdre Cummings
Legislative Director

MASSPIRG called on state legisaltive committee to prioritize free open college text books over commercial digital books with access codes.

MASSPIRG urges Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy to support  S. 1986/H. 2832 An Act relative to Energy Savings Efficiency filed by Senator Lewis and Representative Cutler and a bipartisan group of 100 legislators. 

The bill updates energy and water efficiency standards for common household and commercial appliances. Efficiency standards ensure that the products we purchase use less energy and water, save money and protect public health.

 

 

MA Senate moves to Get the Lead Out

By | Deirdre Cummings
Legislative Director

The Massachusetts Senate passed an amendment to the state budget that would allow up to $5 million to be spent on lead remediation in schools.  

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