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    A study by a consumer watchdog concludes that Massachusetts motorists are vulnerable to predatory tow truck drivers.

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   Reflecting the impact of the pandemic on family finances, there was a surge in complaints last year to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – the government agency set up to protect people from unfair, deceptive, or abusive practices by financial companies.

An exterior view of the Massachusetts State House in Boston

      Massachusetts now has a law that bans chemicals used as flame retardants in many consumer products.

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For the 35th time, a consumer watchdog group has released an annual report on toy safety.


Several environmental and consumer groups have launched a campaign to encourage Whole Foods to change its practices on plastic packaging.

The Massachusetts State House
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   Both the Massachusetts House and Senate have now passed separate bills that would ban certain flame retardants from a variety of consumer products.

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     It took environmental activists years to get a plastic bag ban on the books in the largest city in western Massachusetts.

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    The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is holding a remote public hearing tonight on a new master plan for waste disposal.


Massachusetts has lifted a temporary order that had prohibited people from bringing reusable shopping bags to the grocery store.

As Massachusetts gradually reopens its economy, environmental activists are calling for a cleaner, more sustainable future.

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A coalition of voting-rights organizations has endorsed a bill filed on Beacon Hill to create a vote-by-mail alternative in Massachusetts.

    The F.B.I. is warning about a rise in scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

      Some hard-won laws intended to protect the environment are being temporarily rolled back in the effort to protect people from the coronavirus. 

The Massachusetts State House
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As the Massachusetts legislature begins the final year of the two-year legislative session, advocates are pushing many agendas.


   With the toy-shopping season underway, both in stores and online, a consumer watchdog has issued an annual report about toy safety. 


The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has issued a 10-year plan to reduce solid waste disposal.


The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has begun to draw up a new waste disposal master plan.

    New York, beginning next March, will ban retailers from giving customers single-use plastic shopping bags. Is Massachusetts next?


      Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has signed a bill to give people new protections against identity theft.

    A consumer organization Tuesday published a report on shopping for refurbished electronics.

   A national consumer group is again warning people about potentially dangerous toys as the holiday shopping season begins.

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Hundreds of thousands of new voters could be added in Massachusetts as a result of Gov. Charlie Baker recently signing into law an automatic voter registration bill.

  A consumer group says it tested more than two dozen school supplies and found some that contain hazardous chemicals.

Massachusetts State House

       Massachusetts earned a B-minus grade for online transparency in public spending, according to new findings by a consumer watchdog.


A consumer group’s annual report released today warns that unsafe toys remain widely available and the dangers to children may not be obvious.  


    A consumer group is out with its annual survey on toy safety. This year’s report highlights the availability of toys that have been subjected to recalls. 

Toys that pose a danger to young children exposing them to a choking risk, loud noise, or toxic materials are displayed at a MassPIRG news conference.

With the holiday shopping season set to begin, a consumer group in Massachusetts is out with its annual warning about toy safety.

Despite decades of consumer warnings and product safety crackdowns by the government, the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group says it still found toys on store shelves this year that could cause harm to small children.

A "vote here" sign in English and Spanish on sidewalk
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Early voting is coming to Massachusetts beginning with the 2016 general election.  A coalition of election activists has released a series of recommendations for implementing the state’s new early voting law.

The Massachusetts Election Modernization Coalition includes MassPIRG, Common Cause Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts League of Women Voters. 

             WAMC’s Paul Tuthill spoke with Janet Domenitz, executive director of MassPIRG about the coalition’s recommendations.

A report issued this week by a Massachusetts-based consumer protection organization finds state governments are making it easier for taxpayers to find out how their money is being spent. The Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group Education Fund looked at the content and ease-of-use of financial transparency websites – often called online checkbooks.


With the holiday shopping season well under way, an advocacy group in Massachusetts is out with its annual warning about toy safety. The findings echo a recent report in New York: many toys on store shelves are simply unsafe.

The Public Interest Research Group released its 29th annual Trouble in Toyland report this week. Beth Ramey, a consumer advocate with the Massachusetts chapter of the national organization, discussed the report at a news conference Tuesday at the downtown Springfield YMCA, as a group of small children looked on.