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Deirdre Cummings
Legislative Director

Author: Deirdre Cummings

Legislative Director

(617) 747-4319

Started on staff: 1986
B.S., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Deirdre runs MASSPIRG’s public health, consumer protection and tax and budget programs. Deirdre has led campaigns to protect consumers from identity theft in the wake of massive security breaches at Equifax and Marriot, eliminate unfair pricing practices in disability insurance products, improve public records law and require all state spending to be transparent and available on an easy-to-use website, close $400 million in corporate tax loopholes, protect the state’s retail sales laws to reduce overcharges and preserve price disclosures, reduce costs of health insurance and prescription drugs, and more. Deirdre also oversees a Consumer Action Center in Weymouth, Mass., which has mediated 17,000 complaints and returned $4 million to Massachusetts consumers since 1989. Deirdre currently resides in Maynard, Mass., with her family. Over the years she has visited all but one of the state's 351 towns — Gosnold.

Campaign Bulletin, June 10, 2014

Summer Vol 1, No. 7

 

Campaign to Update the Bottle Bill collected over 27,000 signatures!

Amazing work everyone!  The coalition to update the Bottle Bill collected over 27,000 signatures, surpassing our goal by more than 4,000!  This was a tremendous team effort, congratulations to everyone who hit the streets and gathered signatures.

While we believe that we have a sufficient amount of signatures to qualify the initiative, we still have a few crucial steps to take.  We now need to get the signatures delivered to and certified by clerks from 351 cities and towns, and then  retrieve the petitions and deliver them to the Secretary of State by July 2nd to be validated.  It’s a process -- special thanks to all those participating in the drop-off and pick-up of these petitions across the state.

We will keep you updated on our progress with the initiative and any last minute movement in the Legislature.  In the meantime, we encourage you to voice your support in your community and online by commenting on recent bottle bill media, such as the Boston Globe’s editorial in Monday’s paper.  Now is also a great time to submit LTEs to the Globe regarding their recent front page article. And don’t forget to post and/or tweet these pieces on your own/your organizations’ website and Twitter account.

For more information: 

Mark Leckband

Campaign Organizer, MASSPIRG

617-747-4307

Deirdre Cummings
Legislative Director

Author: Deirdre Cummings

Legislative Director

(617) 747-4319

Started on staff: 1986
B.S., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Deirdre runs MASSPIRG’s public health, consumer protection and tax and budget programs. Deirdre has led campaigns to protect consumers from identity theft in the wake of massive security breaches at Equifax and Marriot, eliminate unfair pricing practices in disability insurance products, improve public records law and require all state spending to be transparent and available on an easy-to-use website, close $400 million in corporate tax loopholes, protect the state’s retail sales laws to reduce overcharges and preserve price disclosures, reduce costs of health insurance and prescription drugs, and more. Deirdre also oversees a Consumer Action Center in Weymouth, Mass., which has mediated 17,000 complaints and returned $4 million to Massachusetts consumers since 1989. Deirdre currently resides in Maynard, Mass., with her family. Over the years she has visited all but one of the state's 351 towns — Gosnold.