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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.

News Release | MASSPIRG | COVID-19

Top health care professionals call on state governors to shut down, start over and do it right

Boston-- Amid uncontrolled spread of the novel coronavirus across the country, MASSPIRG and top health experts delivered a letter Wednesday to Governor Baker, noting that Massachusetts is in the “Yellow” column, according to COVID Exit Strategy, and calling on him to  be prepared to shut down again if new COVID 19 outbreaks emerge.

News Release | U.S. PIRG

John Lewis, 1940-2020

John Lewis was an American hero.

Most people knew him as a champion of civil rights, whether as a young man marching for freedom on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma in 1965 or serving as the “conscience of the Congress” for the past 33 years. Yet John Lewis was also a dependable ally on public interest issues, a tenacious advocate of voting reform and open government, consumer protection and a healthy environment.

News Release | MASSPIRG

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BOSTON --- According to the Commonwealth of MA COVID-19 website, as of July 10, Gov.Charlie Baker rescinded the emergency order he issued in March, which suspended the use of reusable bags in stores and froze the ban on single use plastic bags in the 139 cities and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:


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