Massachusetts EMF Bills 2019-20

The following two documents provide background information for our public servants, journalists and the public on the electromagnetic fields (EMFs) of radiation emitted by all of today's wireless technology:


See also Boston Globe 1/17/19 article:
"Could your cell phone's electromagnetic field make you sick?"


Summary of 2019-20 Bills
  • Senators and State Representatives directly sponsored eight bills this session, most of which were introduced in prior sessions. We recognize public policy in Massachusetts is a marathon, not a sprint, and it bodes well that many of the bills progressed through important steps last session with the Joint Committees on Public Health, Education, and Consumer Protection.

  • Constituents have also written an additional set of bills that are presented by their legislators. See below for both sets of bills.

  • If you are not in Massachusetts, please consider using these to ask your own legislators to file similar man-made radiation bills where you are. Some other states are already introducing bills too.

  • After the bills were assigned to committees, a public hearing was held for each bill. We are grateful to the many citizens, scientists, health care practitioners and others who sent in written testimony, and to those who joined us at the MA State House to testify in person before many of the committees.  

  • Even during the COVID-19 pandemic and racial justice movement, our legislators have seen fit to continue to advance the highlighted bills below. Please contact your State Senator and Representative to encourage full passage of these critical bills.


Bill #

Sponsor

Title

Bill History

S. 129

Julian Cyr

Resolve relative to disclosure of radio frequency notifications; 

Referred to Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure

Forms a commission to investigate wireless radiation health and economic impact. Written by the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure in the 190th session as Senate Resolve 2431, and attached Senator Cyr’s right-to-know bills S. 107 and S. 108.

2/2020: Reported out favorably; 4/2020 assigned to Senate Ways & Means Committee.

S. 130

Julian Cyr

An Act relative to the safe use of electronic devices by children; 

Referred to Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure

 

Provides product packaging radiation warnings on wireless devices. Advanced as S. 107 by the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure in the 190th session.

2/2020: Sent to study, but the Commission bill Resolve S. 129 has advanced and may cover this bill's aim.

S. 1988

Michael O. Moore

An Act relative to utilities, smart meters, and ratepayers’ rights; 

Referred to Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy

See also H. 2888 and H. 2840 on fraudulent data analysis, cost overruns and health risks of the National Grid smart meter pilot program in Worcester, MA.


Gives the public the right to choose non-radiation emitting utility meters. Introduced by Thomas P. Conroy in the 188th session, Rep. Stephen DiNatale in the 189th and Senator Michael Moore in the 190th as S. 1864.

2/2020: Reported out favorably; 4/2020 assigned to Senate Ways & Means Committee.

7/2020: Sen. Moore attached it as Amendment #43 to Senator Rodrigues' Economic Development bill S.2842. This was rejected, but the bill is still alive.

H. 2885

Jack Lewis

An act establishing a commission to study the environmental and health effects of evolving 5G technology;

Referred to Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy

Addresses all wireless radiation impacts based on non-industry funded peer-reviewed science. Reported out favorably in the 189th and 190th sessions by the Joint Committee on Public Health. This was Senator Spilka’s Resolve S. 1268. As Senate President now she can no longer introduce legislation. Rep. Lewis introduced her bill this session and has added language to also address toxic 5G technology.

2/10/2020: Sent to study, but the other Commission bill Resolve S. 129 has advanced and may cover this bill's aim.

H. 1874

Carolyn Dykema

An Act relative to best management practices for wireless in schools and public institutions of higher education;

Referred to Joint Committee on Public Health

Click here to download template to send testimony.

Asks the DESE to establish protective practices regarding wireless radiation emissions in schools and colleges. Released by the Joint Committee on Education to the Joint Committee on Public Health in the 190th session as H. 2030; reported out favorably.

2/2020: Sent to study, but the Commission bill Resolve S. 129 has advanced and may cover this bill's aim.

H. 1956

David Linsky

An Act relative to a special commission to study electric and magnetic fields;

Referred to Joint Committee on Public Health

Click here to download template to send testimony.

Addresses hazardous high voltage electric power line radiation. Introduced in 2011; reported out favorably by the Joint Committees on Public Health, and Health Care Financing in the 190th session as H. 1192.

2/2020: Sent to study, but the Commission bill Resolve S. 129 has advanced and may cover this bill's aim.

H. 383

























S.1982

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

























John F. Keenan

An Act relative to a 5G Technology Task Force;

Referred to Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies





















An Act relative to wifi and cellular infrastructure along rail lines;

Referred to 
Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy

A new bill aiming to ensure economic and regulatory fairness with 5G technology. 2/2020: filing extension granted until May 4, 2020 to allow more time to investigate. 5/2020: further extension requested to July 15, 2020.  7/15/2020: Bill reported favorably by committee and referred to the committee on Rules of the two branches, acting concurrently. 8/14/2020: discharged to the House Committee on Rules. Constituents would like to see the bill amended to incorporate the language of New Hampshire HB. 522 to also address the health and environmental effects of 5G technology

10/8/20: Committee recommended ought to pass and referred to the committee on House Ways and Means


A new bill to ensure local approval before the MBTA installs any wireless communication facilities in certain towns. 


2/2020: Sent to study, but the Commission bill Resolve S. 129 has advanced and may cover this bill's aim.


The following bills have also been newly introduced by request from constituents:

Bill

Presenter

Title

Additional Information

H. 2888

John J. Mahoney

Resolve to investigate the results reporting of the National Grid Worcester smart meter pilot program and its implications for the department of public utilities grid modernization, time of use, and smart meter proceedings; 

Referred to Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.

See DPU hearing testimonies on fraudulent data analysis, cost overruns and health risks of the smart meter pilot program.

2/2020: Sent to study, but the Commission bill Resolve S. 129 has advanced and may cover this bill's aim.

H. 2840

Shawn Dooley

An Emergency Act to Investigate the Results Reporting of the National Grid Worcester Smart Meter Pilot Program and its Implications for the Department of Public Utilities Grid Modernization, Time of Use, and Smart Meter Proceedings

Referred to Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.

See DPU hearing testimonies on fraudulent data analysis, cost overruns and health risks of the smart meter pilot program.

2/2020: Sent to study, but the Commission bill Resolve S. 129 has advanced and may cover this bill's aim.

H. 2011

Aaron Vega

An Act providing for environmental risk fact sheets from the state Department of Public Health

Referred to Joint Committee on Public Health.

See 1/17/19 Boston Globe article indicating MA DPH has health guidance sheet for man-made radiation exposures awaiting release to the public.

2/2020: Sent to study, but the Commission bill Resolve S. 129 has advanced and may cover this bill's aim.

H. 587

Aaron Vega

An Act reducing public school nonionizing radiation and wireless exposures

Referred to Joint Committee on Education.

See Environmental Health Trust school reference below.

2/2020: Sent to study, but the Commission bill Resolve S. 129 has advanced and may cover this bill's aim.

H. 588

Aaron Vega

An Act requiring privacy protections and supporting safer technology in schools

Referred to Joint Committee on Education.

See Environmental Health Trust school reference below.

2/2020: Sent to study, but the Commission bill Resolve S. 129 has advanced and may cover this bill's aim.

S. 295

Donald F. Humason, Jr. 

An Act Accounting for technological privacy and safety in schools with local and state committees

Referred to Joint Committee on Education.

See Environmental Health Trust https://ehtrust.org/policy/how-to-reduce-emf-exposure-in-schools-and-classrooms/

2/2020: Sent to study, but the Commission bill Resolve S. 129 has advanced and may cover this bill's aim.

S. 294

Donald F. Humason, Jr. 

An Act Limiting School Screen Time

Referred to Joint Committee on Education.

See American Academy of Pediatrics Media and Young Minds Policy.

2/2020: Sent to study, but the Commission bill Resolve S. 129 has advanced and may cover this bill's aim.

S. 1867

Donald F. Humason, Jr. 

An Act reducing library non-ionizing radiation exposures from wireless and electricity

Referred to Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight

See Dr. Ron Powell’s Message to Public Libraries about Wireless Devices and Health.

2/2020: Sent to study, but the Commission bill Resolve S. 129 has advanced and may cover this bill's aim.

S. 1271

Donald F. Humason, Jr. 

An Act educating patients on environmental health risks such as wireless exposures

Referred to Joint Committee on Public Health.

See the non-profit Wireless Education on-line courses.

Click here to download template to send testimony.

2/2020: Sent to study, but the Commission bill Resolve S. 129 has advanced and may cover this bill's aim.

S. 207

 

Donald F. Humason, Jr. 

An Act Ensuring safer technology investment by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute

Referred to Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies

See Dr. Timothy Schoechle’s policy paper, Re-Inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks.

2/2020: Sent to study, but the Commission bill Resolve S. 129 has advanced and may cover this bill's aim.

S. 1272

 

Donald F. Humason, Jr.

An Act registering wireless facilities to allow for monitoring and to ease access to contact information

Referred to Joint Committee on Public Health

See AntennaSearch.Com for current and future cell tower and antenna installations in your area.

2/2020: Sent to study, but the Commission bill Resolve S. 129 has advanced and may cover this bill's aim.

S. 1273

Donald F. Humason, Jr. 

An Act banning especially dangerous wireless facilities, emissions, and products

Referred to Joint Committee on Public Health

See Dr. Martin Pall’s paper, 5G: Great risk for EU, U.S. and International Health: Compelling evidence for eight distinct types of great harm caused by electromagnetic field (EMF) exposures and the mechanism that causes them

2/2020: Sent to study, but the Commission bill Resolve S. 129 has advanced and may cover this bill's aim.

 

Bills in Other States

  • Click below to see legislation introduced this session in other states. The NH 5G health bill poses point-blank questions on why the FCC is not protecting the public, and has been enacted into law:


How a Bill Becomes a Law

  • For those who remember School House Rock, you may appreciate this three-minute refresher on how a bill becomes a law at the federal level which is not too different from the state level: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyeJ55o3El0

  • The following indicates how a bill becomes a law in Massachusetts; other states will have their own processes on file: 
https://malegislature.gov/Content/Documents/HowAnIdeaBecomesLaw/HowAnIdeaBecomesLaw.pdf

  • Following are the 2019-2020 Session Legislative Deadlines & Significant Dates:

Note: The information provided here is publicly available on the Internet.  
It is intended to provide a starting point to inform you of EMF dangers.  
Please do your own research, draw your own conclusions, and act accordingly to protect those you love.