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News Release | MASSPIRG | Solid Waste

Right to Repair wins the day in Massachusetts legislature, clears committee

Acting shortly before a committee deadline that could have killed the bill, the Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Joint Committee gave a  favorable report to the Digital Right to Repair Act. If the bill ultimately becomes law, it would combat manufacturers’ near-monopoly on repair by giving the public access to the parts, tools and information needed to fix broken digital devices.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Democracy

Election Day Registration (EDR) Lobby Day Brought Constituents and Attorney General to Advocate for Reform

Organizations and Massachusetts residents dedicated to enhancing voting rights from around the Commonwealth gathered at the State House to advocate for Election Day Registration, also known as Same-Day Registration.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Transportation

Statement: Massachusetts could be taking a big step toward all electric buses

Today, nearly all of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) buses run on fossil-fuels, contributing to global warming and health-harming air pollution. That could soon change: the Massachusetts State Senate is considering a bill requiring that the MBTA purchase only electric buses starting in 2030 and that all MBTA buses be electric by 2040.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Transportation

Statement: New Jersey just took a massive step on clean transportation, Massachusetts should be next

New Jersey passed groundbreaking legislation to clean up the state's transportatation system, while similar legislation remains pending in the Massachusetts State House.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Public Health

New program launched to protect children from lead in drinking water in schools

A new statewide program called Massachusetts SWIG will protect kids from lead in their school drinking water, a growing problem across Massachusetts. The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the state treasurer are launching SWIG, which stands for “school water improvement grants,” to provide schools with water filling stations certified to remove lead and provide free water testing for those schools that have yet to test their water. 

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