Blog Posts By:

Deirdre Cummings,
Legislative Director

Our weekly trends assessment report on COVID-19 in Massachusetts.

Jeanne Foy, Director of MASSPIRG's Consumer Action Center, kicks off Consumer Week giving consumer advice and tips on local radio program.

Testifying before the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, MASSPIRG urged for swift passage of two important public health bills, H. 763, An Act to protect Massachusetts pollinators and HB​ 763,​ ​An​ ​Act​ ​to​ ​protect​ ​Massachusetts​ ​pollinators.

I was joined today by Ryan Powell, a UMASS Boston student and chapter chair of Mass Student PIRG to urge a State House Committee to pass S.160, An Act Establishing a Student Loan Bill of Rights, filed by Senator Lesser.  The bill will protect student loan borrowers from unfair, predatory, and deceptive practices of student lending and loan servicing companies. Read our testimony below.

MASSPIRG called on state legisaltive committee to prioritize free open college text books over commercial digital books with access codes.

MASSPIRG urges Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy to support  S. 1986/H. 2832 An Act relative to Energy Savings Efficiency filed by Senator Lewis and Representative Cutler and a bipartisan group of 100 legislators. 

The bill updates energy and water efficiency standards for common household and commercial appliances. Efficiency standards ensure that the products we purchase use less energy and water, save money and protect public health.

 

 

The Massachusetts Senate passed an amendment to the state budget that would allow up to $5 million to be spent on lead remediation in schools.  

MASSPIRG Testified in support today of H.998, An Act Establishing a Student Loan Bill of Rights, filed by Representative Natalie Higgins.  The bill protects student loan borrowers from unfair, predatory, and deceptive practices of student lending and loan servicing companies.

Outside Financial Services Committee hearing after testifying in support of the Student Loan Bill of Rights

Sarah Pavlini, Northeastern University Law School; Seth Frotman, Student Borrower Protection Center; Zac Bear, PHENOM, Deirdre Cummings, MASSPIRG

I testified today in favor of An Act to ensure prescription drug cost transparency and affordability (H. 1133/S. 706) that will reduce the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs, make pharmaceutical costs and pricing more transparent, and as a result reduce the cost of health care.

Each legislative session, we choose several bills that represent public interest reforms and we work with the lead sponsors and cosponsors to promote them. Below please find selected state priorities from our legislative agenda for the 2019-20 session. Click here for legisaltive agenda.