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Public health, environmental groups applaud Gov. Baker’s decision to rescind emergency order on plastic bags

BOSTON --- According to the Commonwealth of MA COVID-19 website, as of July 10, Gov.Charlie Baker rescinded the emergency order he issued in March, which suspended the use of reusable bags in stores and froze the ban on single use plastic bags in the 139 cities and towns that had passed such prohibitions. The rescission, or update to that order, can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-state-of-emergency

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Proprietary medical device repair harms hospitals, could threaten patients, during COVID-19 pandemic

BOSTON -- The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is putting incredible stress on the U.S. medical system, including the equipment that is essential to diagnose and treat patients, such as ventilators. As that equipment is pressed into round-the-clock use, biomedical repair technicians face increasing pressure to maintain and repair all that equipment.

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Voting Rights Advocates and 80+ Organizations Celebrate Passage of Elections Bill

Critical legislation that will help keep elections safe, accessible, and participatory this fall in the face of threats posed by COVID-19 has been signed by Governor Baker. 

News Release | MASSPIRG | COVID-19

Health groups Call on US Senate to protect emergency workers in next stimulus

Boston—A coalition of groups including MASSPIRG,  Health Care for All, Massachusetts Public Health Association, Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action, and several other groups sent letters to Senator Warren and Senator Markey today thanking them for supporting the Medical Supply Transparency and Delivery Act, which would establish central, transparent coordination of the medical supply chain during the COVID-19 crisis. The groups are also asking Senator Warren and Markey to urge the Senate leadership to include the legislation in the next coronavirus stimulus package. The letter comes after health officials expressed serious concern over continued shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) amid rising cases and a lack of federal support.

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State-funded study confirms “neonics” pesticides harmful to pollinators

BOSTON --  A coalition of beekeepers, public health, farming and agriculture and environmental organizations praised the findings of a recent report issued by the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture (MDAR). With this week being National Pollinator Week, the 24 groups also aptly called on the department to take immediate action to protect bees.

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