February 18, 2018
- S.1268 Resolve creating a special commission to examine the health impacts of electromagnetic fields will examine non-industry-funded science and recommend public protections. This bill was reported out of committee favorably on February 2, 2018. Click here for updates.
- H.2030 An Act relative to best management practices for wireless in schools and public institutions of higher education requires the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to establish wireless technology standards to protect the health and safety of public school students and staff. After a public hearing this bill was discharged to the Joint Committee on Public Health, which reported it out of committee favorably on February 7, 2018. Click here for updates.
- S.2079 An Act reducing non-ionizing radiation exposure in schools. Originally referred to the Joint Committee on Education. After a public hearing on September 5, 2017, the bill was discharged to the Joint Committee on Public Health which sent it to study on February 7, 2018. Click here for updates.
- S.107 An Act relative to disclosure of radio frequency notifications requires manufacturer warnings be prominently displayed on product packaging of wireless radiation-emitting devices. On February 7, 2018, the committee filed an extension to April 9, 2018 to allow time to form a commission with EMF scientists and doctors. Click here for updates.
- 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.The committee sent this bill to study on February 7, 2018. Click here for updates.
Five Cell Phone & Wireless Safety Bills introduced in Massachusetts Legislature
"To assure safety, the Federal Government requires that cell phones meet radio frequency (RF) exposure guidelines. If you carry or use your phone in a pocket or the phone is otherwise in contact with your body when the phone is on and connected to a wireless network, you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure to RF radiation. Refer to the instructions in your phone or user manual for information about how to use your phone safely."
The commission will study whether EMF has a disparate impact on potentially vulnerable subgroups including children, fetuses, pregnant women, the elderly and those with pre-existing illnesses or impairments. The commission will investigate whether children are more vulnerable.
The commission will file a report by July 31, 2018, and recommend legislation needed to protect public health including a recommendation on whether children’s EMF (including Wi-Fi) exposure in schools should be eliminated or reduced. No commission member shall have a financial conflict of interest.