Initial List of MA Legislation to Support 2021

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To protect environmental and public health, we must protect the trees and limit and regulate exposures to wireless and certain types of electricity – certain types of exposures are worse and must be curtailed. To protect humanity, we need also to regulate technology.

We ought protect our investments in a wired public communications system which is presently falling apart from shifty accounting -- see the Irregulators or this great short video for info.

If you do not know that wireless contributes greatly to ill health, then please check out the following:

  • this great 3-minute video overview on 'techsafe schools'and this legal letter noting the need to use wires (not just reduce wireless exposures);
  • for wireless harm to insects and wildlife, see this article or this flyer;
  • for medical reasons to oppose 5G, read this letter endorsed by the Physicians for Safe Technology and glance at this article on skin effects;
  • for infertility, see the BabySafe Project or see this slideshow, and know that the evidence on this is very strong just as it is for cancer;
  • for wireless mental impacts, examine these relevant studies or these that show the brain barrier opening, which allows entry of toxins and facilitates dementia, autoimmune and other neurological diseases or read this journal article on plausible autism connections;
  • for increased Covid-19 severity and prevalence, see this pre-print article soon to be published;
  • this 3-minute video by the Cyprus government warning teens about WiFi & cellphones.

Yes, less wireless is more, or is better -- but there is NO KNOWN SAFE EXPOSURE, hence hard-wiring is best.

For electricity, I will just say that the biological relationships are similar to wireless and the issues are (1) strong current on incompetent wires; (2) wires carrying frequencies besides 60 hertz; (3) wiring errors or ground current; and (4) proximity - and then direct you to more information at Powerwatch UK.

Modern electricity carries extra frequencies from pulsing energy-saving devices and digital devices which disrupt electronic health and our own (#2 above). We sit all day next to electrical equipment, resulting in stronger exposures (#4 and #1 above). We use so much electricity today from our digital lifestyle but our wiring is designed for less current and we fail to regulate this or the rest of it at all.

To limit nutcases and loss of humanity, we need to rein in all-powerful tech. For one, school automation is serving private interests - see this amazing slideshare big data VS teachers.

Read through this blog and slideshows from Wrench in the Gears! She is terrifying. One thing she points out is that the data collection stems in part since investors are tracking our lives in order to profit from Social Impact Bonds, or SIBs, or bets placed on the course of our lives as the Center for American Progress expresses here:

Since 2011, social impact bonds have moved from concept to execution in the United States. These bonds, known as SIBs, are innovative financing tools for social programs: Private investors pay the upfront costs for providing social services, and government agencies repay the investors with a return—if and only if a third-party evaluator determines that the services achieve agreed-upon outcomes.

We are giving up privacy, but also academic freedom, humanity, and creativity and missing the forest for the trees.

Right now, we'd like 3 things:-) if you can help:

    1. Cosponsorships from state senators & support from state representatives [see previous post for phone script];
    2. Connect with Last Tree Laws to help;
    3. Donations are near nil, so consider donating! See home or MA legislation pages to donate.

Listed below are reasons we are not supporting or are opposing bills. Also, please see the list of relevant federal bills to oppose and phone script.

BILLS LAST TREE LAWS WILL NOT SUPPORT

An Act relative to best management practices for wireless in schools and public institutions of higher educationHD 1723 This bill mistakenly suggests wireless is safe. Supporting this bill gives an illusion wireless is A-OK. Our energy, while it remains, needs to go to hard-wiring instead. Sponsor: Rep. Carolyn Dykema

BILLS TO OPPOSE

SD 214 Resolve relative to disclosure of radio frequency notifications Last session we worked to oppose this bill – we tried to get in contact with the sponsor without real success. The biggest issue is all these nominations are by the governor directly or indirectly and his conduct so far has not been supportive. Another issue is that the first objective is to look at how this impacts industry, when the first objective should be to look at how to rescue public health. Sponsor: Senator Julian Cyr

HD 2252 An Act internet access on private ways – requires internet service in public rights of way – problematic due to internet service equating to powerful antennas potentially just a block or two apart in residential areas.
Sponsors: Representatives David T. Vieira , Dylan A. Fernandes

HD.2898An Act relative to a 5G technology task forces HD 2898problematic due to 5G equating to powerful antennas likely just a block or two apart in residential areas. This bill allows industry to work with legislators on crafting 5G laws under the auspices of 'equity' for providers in rolling out 5G. Main Sponsor: Rep. Bradley Jones Other Sponsors: Rep. Susan Williams Gifford, Maria Duaime Robinson

PDF: LastTreeLaws’ slate of bills 2 Feb 2021

HD.3371An Act halting 5G high frequencies and close proximity antennas.Why? Hard-wiring alone will not stop residential 5G or more cell towers. Because the FCC makes saying no tough and for some new technologies it bypasses local permitting, the state must act. Sponsor: Kirstin Beatty

HD.3394An Act studying technology impacts on police, firefighters, and emergency and security personnel. Summary: Invites police and firefighters to examine how to address health impacts of technology with a few experts and 1 black lives matter representative. Note: The IAFF, which represents many MA firefighter unions, is officially against antennas on fire stations. Sponsor: Kirstin Beatty

HD.3381An Act hard-wiring state offices and investing in hard-wired communications. Summary: Massworks, Massachusetts Broadband Institute, the executive office of info tech, the director of wireless & telecommunications — all are to use or invest in wired, not wireless tech. The MBI board constitution is slightly changed to bring in public health and privacy advocates. The Ed. commissioner is to develop a plan to hard-wire public educational institutions.Also, requires an annual, public audit report from telecommunication companies and utilities, and sets penalties for lack of compliance, changing from an optional audit. Sponsor: Kirstin Beatty

HD.2472An Act reducing non-ionizing radiation such as wireless from early to higher education. Summary: The bill requires hard-wiring broadband services and reducing non-ionizing radiation with reasonable deadlines in public schools through higher education. Early education executive offices are to examine how to reduce such exposures and set guidelines. Also, it provides that schools take steps to reduce power density of wireless so long as in use. Sponsor: Kirstin Beatty & Rep. Patricia Duffy

HD.3352An Act supporting patients and residents suffering from environmental pollutants and modern technologies, e.g. wireless.Summary: Doctors, nurses, and practical nurses are trained regarding health impacts of wireless & certain kinds of electricity, and insurance covers patient education on the same. Patients with leukemia & lymphoma are given extra help. Nursing homes and medical providers are to work towards reducing such exposures. Nutritional therapy is to adopted. Sponsor: Kirstin Beatty & Rep. Patricia Duffy

HD.3368An Act improving non-ionizing radiation regulation and monitoring.Summary: Supports reporting to the state of all cellular infrastructure with names of owners, etc., public mapping of sites, qui tam exposure monitoring, state exposure monitoring, a public listing of consultants, and allows for state fines — adaptation of original statutes. Sponsor: Kirstin Beatty

HD.3389An Act requiring wireless insurance.Why? Insurance companies will provide oversight and incentive to limit the most dangerous exposures, and the insurance provides protections. Personal devices and appliances are exempted. Sponsor: Kirstin Beatty

HD.3374An Act requiring better power quality and reduced radiation from utility infrastructure.Summary: Requires utilities protect privacy and insure public exposures fall within ranges of ‘slight concern’ based on Building Biology guidelines. Sponsor: Kirstin Beatty

HD.3346An Act regulating screen time in early and K-12 education. Summary: This bill allows school communities to set screen time limits, and sets limits on screen time in early education. The bill requires that Massachusetts state standards remove mandates for screen time from PreK on up, unless specific to the subject. Sponsor: Kirstin Beatty & Rep. Patricia Duffy

HD.3347An Act regulating privacy and technology in education.Summary: PreK-12 and higher education are to set data processing agreements with providers abiding with privacy intent of section and limit data collection to that necessary for an expressed purpose. The state is to pull back and revise its requirements so as to limit data collection, and to examine whether some information can be kept inhouse, offline, or in closed systems. Also, it protects teachers from the theft of academic work by EdTech or IT companies, and respects that teachers’ work is their own partly in order to protect job status as education is increasingly automated. Sponsor: Kirstin Beatty & Rep. Patricia Duffy

HD.3360An Act ending water fluoridation.Why? There is a current federal court case where the EPA appears to be losing because of the judicial statements and EPA’s acknowledgements, yet ending water fluoridation is hard under the current statute. More information on the trial at Food & Water Watch or Fluoride Action. Sponsor: Kirstin Beatty

RELATED BILLS FROM OTHER STATE LEGISLATORS

An Act relative to smart metersSD. 163 – This bill is meant to allow individuals to opt out of a wireless smart meter at no cost. This is a very good bill, although it does not address apartment dwellers who may have 20 or more smart meters on one wall. Sponsor: Senator Michael Moore

An Act Establishing the Municipal Reforestation ProgramHD 3032SD. 1923Summary: Each municipality creates a reforestation plan the state financially & technically supports, prioritizing needy. Sponsors: Senator Creem and Representatives Lewis, Ehrlich, and Owens

An Act to update the public shade tree lawSD. 573HD 3781Summary: No one may trim or cut down a municipal tree without municipal tree warden permission. Tree wardens may make regulations to be approved by town authorities. Why? More tree belts are being cut down for better 5G transmissions, to install close proximity antennas, by utilities due to the fires in CA. Some towns fail to get any protection together. Sponsor: Senator Cindy Creem, Rep. Steven Owens

An Act relative to a streaming entertainment operator’s use of the public rights-of-way.

    • HD. 1440 Summary: Taxes at 5% use of public rights-of-way by streaming providers. Gives state right to audit profits. Sponsors: Joan Meschino , Paul F. Tucker
    • SD.834Summary: Similar, but in senate. Sponsors: Jason Lewis, Kenneth L. Gordon

An Act to protect personal biometric dataSD. 269Summary: As title states, sets some limits. Sponsor: Mark C. Montigny

An Act relative to data privacy HD. 3847 – Creates executive agency of privacy with head approved by multiple parties. Sponsors: Representatives David M. Rogers , Andres X. Vargas

An Act relative to student and educator data privacyHD.3725Summary: Requires that K-12 educational data processors do not use data for ads or sales, secure data, and allows suits for violations. Could accompany school privacy bill HD 3347 above as well. Sponsors: Representatives Kate Lipper-Garabedian & Jeffrey N. Roy

An Act relative to the digital right to repairHD. 260SD. 199 Summary: Allows independent repair of digital devices. This helps by (1) providing competition for price and quality of doing job well, (2) increases number of people able to fix devices and provides local jobs, and (3) reduces enormous amounts of electronic waste pollution. Sponsor: Rep. Claire D. Cronin, Sen. Michael J. Brady

An Act establishing the Massachusetts Information Privacy ActSD. 1726Summary: I have not read this one in full. It seems to require that data processors be honest about uses, allow correction or deletion of non-public information, and implement practices and promises to protect privacy. Sponsor: Senator Creem

An Act relative to wifi and cellular infrastructure along rail linesSD. 1001Summary: Senator John Keenan is putting forward a bill to require railroad antennas have local zoning approval BUT ONLY for Quincy, Braintree, Abington, and Rockland – therefore, not as interesting to support so all railroad towns need to be included.

Bills for School Recess Protections:

      • HD. 1706 — at least 20 minutes of recess a day to grade 5, no reduction in recess time. Sponsors: Rep. Decker, etc. (Click link)
      • SD. 320 — same as above. Sponsors: Sen. Rush, etc. (Click link)

An Act for Massachusetts Toxic Free KidsHD.2855Summary: Requires Department of Environmental Protection, working with Toxics Use Institute, to publish a list of toxics in children’s toys, update every 4 years, and begin to set limits on sale. Sponsors: Representatives James Hawkins and Tami Gouveia

BILLS TO OPPOSE

Nothing personal, but there are reasons to oppose these bills.

An Act internet access on private waysHD 2252 – requires internet service in public rights of way – problematic due to internet service equating to powerful antennas potentially just a block or two apart in residential areas.

An Act relative to a 5G technology task forces HD 2898problematic due to 5G equating to powerful antennas likely just a block or two apart in residential areas.

Resolve relative to disclosure of radio frequency notificationsSD 214 Last session we worked to oppose this bill – so much work! We tried and tried to get in contact with the sponsor without hearing back. The issue is all these nominations are by the governor and his conduct so far has not been supportive. Supporting such a bill is a big risk Last Tree Laws opposes, and moving it forward would be another time waster as last session it took up so much time. Also, we’re not big on all the many purposes of the bill — these objectives mostly ignore things important to people who are sick from exposures.

BILLS LAST TREE LAWS WILL NOT SUPPORT

An Act relative to best management practices for wireless in schools and public institutions of higher educationHD 1723 This bill mistakenly suggests wireless is safe. Supporting this bill gives an illusion wireless is A-OK. Our energy, while it remains, needs to go to hard-wiring instead.