Citizen Action: Massachusetts Hearing On Safe Technology June 20


Published:

This year’s smart meter opt out bill, S. 1864: An Act Relative to Utilities, Smart Meters, and Ratepayer’s Rights sponsored by Sen. Michael Moore, will come up for a hearing before the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy June 20, 1-5pm, at the Gardner Auditorium, Massachusetts State House in Boston.

The bill, if passed, will assure the right to choose what type of utility meter will be installed and operated on one’s home or place of business, and to do so without incurring any fees. The bill specifically assures the right to retain and use a non-wireless-transmitting analog meter. The text of the bill can be found here: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/SD344. (The bill was referred to as Senate Docket 344 at the time of its filing; it is now S. 1864.) Citizens only get the chance to file a bill every other year, so we need to take advantage of this opportunity to work toward passage of this bill.

Please consider submitting written testimony in support of S. 1864.

If you are an Eversource customer and have been given no choice but between an AMI wireless meter and an AMR wireless meter, by all means tell that to the committee. DPU Order 12-76-B mandated that electric companies provide customers with a choice, but a choice between two types of wireless meter is no choice at all for people who have health concerns, and the legislators need to understand this.

If you see the opt out provision as a reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities, by all means say that. If you have a child who is able to pay attention and to learn better when not exposed to wireless radiation 24/ 7, by all means say that. If you have been reading the National Toxicology Program report http://biorxiv.org/content/early/2016/05/26/055699 and find cause for caution in the findings, by all means say that. If you are a National Grid customer and you have been allowed to opt out, but the fees are a hardship, by all means say that.

Everyone who is well enough to attend the hearing in person is invited and welcome to speak at the hearing.

Now is the time to ask your own Senator to sign on as a co-sponsor of S. 1864. Please consider calling your Senator with this request. Keep calling, and invite your neighbors to call as well.

The window is now closed for Representatives to sign on as co-sponsors, but Senators can sign on until the committee takes action on the bill. There are three Senators who have already signed on: Senator Michael Moore ( the bill’s sponsor), Senator Jennifer Flanagan, and Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives. Two Senators who co-sponsored the smart meter budget amendment #868 last spring have not signed on as co-sponsors of S. 1864, but we would really like to have their support; these are Senator James B. Eldridge, 617-722-1120 James.Eldridge@masenate.gov and Senator Jason M. Lewis, 617-722-1206 Jason.Lewis@masenate.gov. If these happen to be your senators, please thank them for their past support and ask them to re-commit.

During this same hearing time frame, in room A-1, S.108 An Act relative to the safe use of handheld devices by children will be heard requiring specific language on product packaging (cellphone right to know), as modeled by an ordinance unanimously passed in Berkeley, California. Sponsored by Senator Julian Cyr and referred to the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.

Please submit written testimony for bill S1864: An Act Relative to Utilities, Smart Meters, and Ratepayer’s Rights to the committe chairs and the clerk, before or after the hearing.
Mike.Barrett@masenate.gov
Michael.Brady@masenate.gov
Thomas.Golden@mahouse.gov
Tackey.Chan@mahouse.gov
Rebecca.Ashby@masenate.gov
If you wish to send to your own legisltors, you can find their infomration here: https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator

You may sign in to testify for both these bills. If you need assistance in testifying or have questions about doing so, contact Patricia Burke, 508-530-4131 or Patricia999burke@gmail.com.

Additional Information About The Bills

S.1864 An Act relative to utilities, smart meters, and ratepayers’ rights gives utility customers the no-fee choice of retaining non-wireless radiation-emitting water, gas and electrical meters and refusing installation of “smart” utility meters. Sponsored by Senator Michael O. Moore, Michael.Moore@masenate.gov, and referred to the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. The bill is scheduled to be heard in the Gardner Auditorium, 1-5 p.m. For a pre-hearing interview, you can contact Senator Moore's legislative and policy adviser Zachary Tsetsos at 617-722-1485, Zachary.Tsetsos@masenate.gov.

S.108 An Act relative to the safe use of handheld devices by children requires specific language be included on product packaging, as modeled by an ordinance unanimously passed in Berkeley, California. Sponsored by Senator Julian Cyr and referred to the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. This hearing will be held in A-1 from 1-4 p.m. (Note, Senator Cyr has another bill, S. 107 for package labeling, tentatively scheduled for public hearing on September 26.) For a pre-hearing interview, you can contact bill sponsor Senator Julian Cyr's communications staffer Meaghan Callahan at 617-722-1570, meaghan.callahan@masenate.gov.

Additionally, Cece Doucette, Technology Safety Educator in Ashland, MA, can put you in touch with physicians, academic health researchers, and Massachusetts residents who can share their personal stories on the biological effects of wireless technology radiation. Please let Cece know if she can provide additional information.

Cece Doucette
Technology Safety Educator
Ashland, MA
508-881-3878
Understanding EMFs
Wireless Education

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

Daily Astrology

January 25, 2020

Fans of Chinese astrology celebrate the Year of the Rat today. Adventurous souls have their sights set on far reaching enterprises as mental Mercury forms an uplifting sextile with Mars. The Aquarius Moon reinforces the same alignment during the early…
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Alternative Health Directory

Browse all listings »

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Calendar

January 2020

Saturday January 18th, 2020 from 10:30-4pm and Sunday January 19th, 2020 from 10:30-4pm In Reiki Master Level you will learn the master symbols, receive the master level attunement and learn how...

Cost: $295 for new students, $195 for the refresher option

Where:
Sohum Yoga and Meditation Studio
30 Lyman Street, Suite 108B
Westborough Shopping Center
Westborough, MA  01581
View map »


Sponsor: www.SOHUM.org
Telephone: 508-329-3338
Contact Name: Ritu Kapur
Website »

More information

Join us and connect to the powerful energies of the bird kingdom. Throughout earth history, birds have been thought to be divine messengers. Many spiritual systems believe they are emissaries of...

Cost: $95

Where:
Circles of Wisdom
386 Merrimack St
Methuen, MA
View map »


Sponsor: Circles of Wisdom
Telephone: 978-474-8010
Contact Name: front desk
Website »

More information

Your soul has already seeded your existence with all that is needed to completely express your destiny. Let the Miracle Mantra awaken you to the awareness of spirit ever present in your...

Cost: Suggested Donation: $20

Where:
Yoga At The Ashram
368 Village Street
Millis, MA  02054
View map »


Sponsor: Yoga at the Ashram
Telephone: 508-376-4525
Website »

More information

Come shine with us! Join us in harmony and in our goal to bring the light of Spiritualism forward to all those who are searching.

Where:
VFW Post 2597
775 Boston Rd, Rt 3A
Billerica, MA
View map »


Sponsor: The Spiritualist Fellowship Church Of New England
Website »

More information

January 19th, February 16th, March 8th by appointment only. Kinetic Chain Release (KCR) to balance body, resolve leg length discrepancies, reduce back, shoulder, knee, hip pain and reduce stress...

Cost: $65 to $145

Where:
Leapin' Lizards
449 Forest Ave
Portland, ME  04101
View map »


Sponsor: Leapin' Lizards
Telephone: 207-221-2363
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Discover Beauty. Discover Goodness. Discover Yourself. Your soul’s gifts are waiting. Breathe. Find stillness. The spark you need to ignite your life is here, within. Max Meditation...

Cost: $15

Where:
Modern Mystery School Boston
132 Charles St
3rd Floor
Auburndale, MA  02466
View map »


Sponsor: Modern Mystery School Boston
Telephone: 617-694-0994
Contact Name: Jordan Bain
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Total Life Group Cleanse begins with Jonathan Glass, Ayurvedic practitioner Includes the following three Tuesdays. A 28-day program designed to initiate and maximize detoxification and...

Where:
Concord, MA


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Are you considering, going through or recovering from divorce? Join us at our free Daytime Divorce Boot Camp, and we’ll help you get into shape! In response to requests from people who...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation
180 Wells Avenue
Suite 300
Newton, MA  02459
View map »


Sponsor: Vesta: Redefining Divorce
Telephone: 508-744-6014
Contact Name: Deanna Coyle
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Do you have questions about the legal process of divorce? Join us at our free informative workshop in Hingham, MA! About this event: David Kellem, experienced Family Law Attorney &...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kellem Mahoney Family Law & Mediation Group
100 Recreation Park Drive
Suite 201
Hingham, MA  02043
View map »


Sponsor: Vesta: Redefining Divorce
Telephone: 508-744-6014
Contact Name: Deanna Coyle
Website »

More information

Are you ready to permanently up-level your life? Are you ready close the gap between where you are today and your higher purpose? Are you ready to take a definitive step toward healing the...

Cost: $15

Where:
Modern Mystery School Boston
132 Charles St
3rd Floor
Auburndale, MA  02466
View map »


Sponsor: Modern Mystery School Boston
Telephone: 617-694-0994
Contact Name: Jordan Bain
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...
No Events

Join us at Vesta’s One-Day Divorce Retreat in Newton, MA! In just one day... you will come away with valuable knowledge about the issues associated with separation and divorce,...

Cost: $149

Where:
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation
180 Wells Avenue
Suite 300
Newton, MA  02459
View map »


Sponsor: Vesta: Redefining Divorce
Telephone: 508-744-6014
Contact Name: Deanna Coyle
Website »

More information

January is the time of the year when we look ahead to the year in front of us and imagine it to be better than the one we are leaving behind. We often make the New Years resolution in January and...

Cost: $108 before Jan 20 ($120 after)

Where:
Unity Farm Sanctuary
17 Unity Lane
Westborough Shopping Center
Sherborn, MA  01770
View map »


Sponsor: www.SOHUM.org
Telephone: 508-329-3338
Contact Name: Ritu Kapur
Website »

More information

This is a free and mandatory orientation prior to registering for the 8 week group program of mindfulness based stress reduction or MBSR. Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly....

Cost: Free

Where:
Sohum Yoga and Meditation Studio
30 Lyman Street, Suite 108B
Westborough Shopping Center
Westborough, MA  01581
View map »


Sponsor: www.SOHUM.org
Telephone: 508-329-3338
Contact Name: Ritu Kapur
Website »

More information

This class will teach you how to make your own intricate wire-wrapped gemstone pendant, expanding on the basics from the introductory Level 1 class that has been taught previously. This class if...

Cost: Reg includes supplies $60 per person or $50 more than one

Where:
The Healing Power of Flowers - Heaven and Earth
68 Stiles Rd, Unit A
Our Yellow Banner is in Window w/Fairy Lights Please remove shoes at the door
Salem, NH  03079
View map »


Sponsor: The Healing Power of Flowers - Heaven and Earth
Telephone: 603-275-7688
Contact Name: Stacey
Website »

More information

We will be sitting in the New Moon Energy and The Energy and Consciousness of the Chinese New Year.  Stacey and Bob will be doing an energetic transmission with Energies and Stones...

Cost: Class: $30, Online Reg. $25

Where:
The Healing Power of Flowers - Heaven and Earth
68 Stiles Rd, Unit A
Salem, NH  03079
View map »


Sponsor: The Healing Power of Flowers - Heaven and Earth
Telephone: 603-275-7688
Contact Name: Stacey
Website »

More information

Next Class Starts January 25, 2020 You will learn: How to hypnotize How to use hypnosis to help clients make personal changes How to turn hypnosis into a profitable part-time or...

Where:
, RI


Telephone: 401-374-1890
Website »

More information

January 25–April 26, 2020 Now offered in one day and weekend modules that can be taken individually or consecutively.  Dates and individual class links are listed below. All...

Cost: $1360

Where:
Circles of Wisdom
386 Merrimack Street, #1A
Methuen, MA  01844
View map »


Sponsor: Circles of Wisdom
Telephone: 978-474-8010
Contact Name: Cathy Kneeland
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags