Scroll down for relevant Massachusetts bills on ecology and tech.
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 use.
Bills Supported by Last Tree Laws
H. 110 An 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.3394 An 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
H.112 An 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
H. 105 An 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
H.108 An 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
H.109 An 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, dedicated monitoring employees, and allows for state fines — adaptation of original statutes. Sponsor: Kirstin Beatty
H. 113 An 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
H.111 An Act requiring better power quality and reduced radiation from utility infrastructure. Summary: Requires utilities protect privacy and insure electromagnetic public exposures fall within ranges of ‘slight concern’ based on Building Biology guidelines. Sponsor: Kirstin Beatty
H. 106 An 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
H. 107 An 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
H. 895 An 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 meters – SD. 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 Program – H.905 S. 1323 Summary: 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 law – S. 1323 H.2195 Summary: 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.
An Act to protect personal biometric data – S.220 Summary: 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 privacy – H.127 Summary: 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 repair – HD. 260 SD. 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 Act – SD. 1726 Summary: 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 lines – S.2195 Summary: 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:
An Act for Massachusetts Toxic Free Kids – H.939 Summary: 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 ways – HD 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 2898 – problematic due to 5G equating to powerful antennas likely just a block or two apart in residential areas.
Resolve relative to disclosure of radio frequency notifications SD 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 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 education HD 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.
H. 2351 An Act relative to a special commission to study electric and magnetic fields – This investigation lacks full independence. The American Cancer Society has licensing agreements and donations from utilities and the Environmental League of Massachusetts may also be questionable as it works closely with a big business corporate council, at one time included a smart meter expert in its administration, and has industries like electric cars as top priorities, rather than environmental health issues as top priorities. Sponsor: Rep. David Paul Linsky