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News Release | US PIRG

Statement: Public health advocates applaud FDA’s proposed rules to end the sale of menthol cigarettes, flavored cigars

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced proposed rules on Thursday that would end the sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars nationwide. The FDA’s action comes after years of outcry from public health officials and advocates about the dangers of these tobacco products.

News Release | U.S. PIRG

Statement: Advocates back members of Congress calling for an additional $300 million for electric school buses

United States Sens. Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) and Reps. Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.) and Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.) led a letter on Wednesday requesting $300 million in new funding for electric school buses in the Fiscal Year 2023 budget. The letter also called for additional outreach and efforts to bring zero-emission buses to rural and underserved schools.

News Release | U.S. PIRG

Statement: States sue to stop misguided USPS plan to spend billions on gas powered vehicles

Attorneys general from 16 states,the District of Columbia and environmental groups sued the U.S. Postal Service on Thursday to halt purchases of thousands of gas-powered trucks that only get 8.6 ils per gallon, only a small improvement over teh 30-year-old vehicles currently in use.

News Release | MASSPIRG

Advocates Support Permanent Remote Access Option for Boston Public Meetings

BOSTON – With virtual public meetings set to expire statewide on July 15, several advocacy organizations today announced support for a new Boston proposal to permanently establish virtual participation options for public meetings. The groups—including disability rights, good government, and free press organizations—support an ordinance filed last week by City Councilor Liz Breadon to make local government more accessible to all Boston residents.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Consumer Tips

New analysis of towing laws shows only 16 states ban kickbacks to property owners or law enforcement

Driving is picking up again as the number of Americans heading to social gatherings, in-person work and vacations moves closer to pre-pandemic norms. More driving means more parking – maybe in unfamiliar areas.

Parkers have always run the risk of getting towed. But a new trend exacerbates that risk: Towing companies are giving private property owners kickbacks when the landowner notifies the companies about vehicles to tow -- whether the vehicle is defying parking regulations or not. Our new analysis, Getting Off the Hook of a Predatory Tow Part II, an update to our comprehensive 2021 report on towing protections in every state, finds that 16 states currently ban kickbacks, as others are considering such laws.

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