Lemmings for Bad Bills

Lemmings for Bad Bills

By Kirstin Beatty on 10 May 2020

 

Please be careful and pay attention to what you support or sign. Don’t be a lemming!

Some of the bills submitted to the Massachusetts legislature on wireless may look good on the surface, but the devil is in the details as noted. The same can be true for requests for testimony.

Advocates are going to support the bills most close to heart, but I find sometimes that advocates support problematic legislation without caveat.

Examples of  problematic 2019-2020 Massachusetts bills include:

      • the Best Management Practices bill H. 1874,
        • (Marketed as reducing wireless, but phrasing was to install wireless)
      • the S. 129 bill for a commission to study wireless or wireless disclosure,
        • (This commission could be stacked in favor of industry – we thought changes had been made, but no)
      • H. 383 for a 5G Task Force, etc.

Legislators barely have time to examine or alter bills, and to support these bills or support them without caveat is a disaster. The last one is in fact to directly promote 5G – how can this help without a miracle?

I’ve heard advocacy for the above problem bills without any discrimination, despite my critiques or warnings. Looking at the templates offered by advocates in support of some of these bills, criticism and details about bills are absent. When I prepare testimony for others to sign, I make very clear what the testimony supports in fairness to signatories and legislators.

I believe critical analysis posted here at Last Tree Laws is helpful, as well as the original legislation we’ve put forward. Some examples submitted in MA for 2019-2020 include:

        • S. 294  An Act Limiting School Screen Time – to allow schools to opt out of mandated technology use in every classroom;
        • S. 295 and H. 588 – bills which protect student and staff privacy and support a more thorough education about technology risks.
        • S. 1271 – Educating patients on environmental health risks – initially conceived in 2015 and submitted then as SD. 2256.
        • Etc. . . .

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Note: To read about the specific problems with the bills listed, please visit the MA Legislation page.  ~ One more problem with bad bills proceeding: making corrections is a worrisome, time-consuming process.

2 Replies to “Lemmings for Bad Bills”

  1. Well said, Kirstin! Very important what you wrote here! People, especially our legislators,need to pay attention to what you are saying here.

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