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About Maryland PIRG
Our team of researchers uncover the facts; our staff bring our findings to the public, through the media as well as one-on-one interactions; and our advocates are bringing the voice of the public to the halls of power on behalf of consumers.
An Independent Voice For Consumers
Maryland PIRG is a consumer group that stands up to powerful interests whenever they threaten our health and safety, our financial security, or our right to fully participate in our democratic society.
For decades, we’ve stood up for consumers, countering the influence of big banks, insurers, chemical manufacturers and other powerful special interests.
COVID-19 is putting incredible stress on the U.S. medical system, including the work of hospital biomedical repair technicians, known as biomeds or BMETs. These technicians are essential; hospitals need working equipment to diagnose and treat patients. But in some cases, manufacturers restrict access to what biomeds need.
BALTIMORE -- Gov. Larry Hogan called Wednesday for a “normal” November election, including opening every polling location and early voting center. The governor said the state would also mail all eligible voters an application for an absentee ballot.
Baltimore -- With the number of COVID-19 cases continuing to rise nationally, Maryland PIRG released a new fact sheet today, showing Maryland is “making progress” when it comes to meeting COVID-19 containment criteria. This is the second week Maryland PIRG has reporter n in-state coronavirus efforts. Last week, Maryland received a “trending better” grade.
Baltimore -- With America as a whole continuing to struggle in containing the COVID-19 virus, Maryland PIRG released a new fact sheet today calling on the state to maintain all current restrictions, and consider implementing additional containment measures if COVID-19 cases begin to rise again.
On Monday, the U.S. House approved H.R. 5332, the Protecting Your Credit Score Act of 2020 (Gottheimer-NJ). U.S. PIRG joined other leading advocates of credit reporting reform in a support letter to the House last week. The bill takes a number of steps to make it easier to fix credit reporting errors.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, now more than ever, we need to work together to ensure that our government has a coordinated, strategic response to safeguard the public’s health, protect consumers from emerging dangers and ensure people can still participate fully in our democracy.
In early May, Gov. Larry Hogan allowed the Family and Firefighter Protection Act to go into effect without his signature. The bill — backed by Maryland PIRG — protects consumer and firefighter health by restricting the use of potentially toxic chemical flame retardants in furniture, children’s products and mattresses.
Maryland PIRG Foundation's weekly consumer tip guide covers COVID-19 stimulus checks, utility bills and more
Protecting your finances during a global pandemic is a prudent but potentially daunting task. That's why Maryland PIRG Foundation is providing consumers with the resources you need to navigate the financial challenges you might face.
On April 1, Maryland PIRG sent a letter urging the State Board of Elections to ensure that all Marylanders can vote safely in their June 2 primary by recommending limited in-person voting for those that need it, in addition to universal vote-by-mail. The Board then recommended this course of action to Gov. Larry Hogan, who ratified it on April 12.
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