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News Release | MASSPIRG | Democracy

Yesterday’s Primary Shattered Turnout Records

Despite the pandemic, Massachusetts voters shattered turnout records in yesterday’s statewide primary – thanks to an emergency law championed by the Election Modernization Coalition and passed by the state Legislature earlier this summer. 

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50 Organizations Call for Student Borrower Bill of Rights

50 organizations urge state lawmakers to pass the Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights in Massachusetts. 

 

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Statement: Cyclist killed by truck in Harvard Square spotlights need to transform transportation in Massachusetts

A cyclist died after being struck by a tractor-trailer in Harvard Square on Tuesday. This was the area’s sixth cyclist fatality in 2020, and it occurred in nearly the same spot as where a pedestrian was killed by a large truck a year ago. Since the incident, community members and advocates for safer streets and better transportation options have raised their voices, calling for protected bike lanes, traffic restrictions on heavy-duty vehicles, and a redesign of Harvard Square to make the area safer for everyone using the road.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Solid Waste

Back to Reduce: Groups call for renewed push to reduce waste

BOSTON -- In a survey of 15 Massachusetts cities, researchers at MASSPIRG found that, despite Gov. Charlie Baker’s July 13 executive order that allowed for the reinstatement of plastic bag bans and the use of reusable bags again, local delays and confusion remain in some jurisdictions. 

News Release | MASSPIRG | Democracy

11 Days After Deadline, No Regulations from Secretary of the Commonwealth on Safe Voting During the Pandemic

Under the landmark legislation signed into law last month providing Massachusetts residents with more voting options during COVID-19, the Secretary of the Commonwealth was required to issue a number of new regulations related to safe voting during the pandemic. Specifically, the law required him to “promulgate emergency regulations” regarding the processing of mail ballots in local communities by August 1, 2020, and further obligated him to issue regulations on safe in-person voting and electronic poll books. The electronic poll book regulations were due by July 15.

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