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News Release | U.S. PIRG | Financial Reform

CFPB Approves Modified Final Debt Collection Rule

On Friday, the CFPB released a modified final version of its Debt Collection Rule, although it delayed action until December on one of its most controversial provisions, allowing collection of  time-barred zombie debt. A statement by Consumer Program Associate Lucy Baker follows.

News Release | Maryland PIRG Foundation | COVID-19

Report: Nursing homes endure massive PPE shortages

Baltimore -- Maryland nursing homes, along with thousands nationwide, have horrific shortages of masks, gowns and other items they need to protect residents, workers and the broader community from COVID-19. 

News Release | Maryland PIRG | COVID-19

“Home Safe for the Holidays” initiative launched to promote a safe holiday season

Baltimore - At the time of year that many Marylanders usually start making holiday travel plans, the consumer advocacy group, Maryland PIRG, is launching the “Home Safe for the Holidays” initiative. The campaign calls on Gov. Hogan to ensure Maryland reaches the testing levels needed to suppress the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) so that people can gather more safely over the upcoming holidays. 

News Release | Maryland PIRG | Democracy

Grassroots Groups Launch Campaign to Support Question A for the Baltimore County Citizens’ Election Fund

On Wednesday night a crowd of supporters and community leaders came together on Zoom to launch the campaign to support Question A, a Baltimore County Charter Amendment to establish the Citizens’ Election Fund and Commission. 

News Release | Maryland PIRG | Public Health

Statement: Baltimore City Council Passes Ban on Toxic Pesticides

The Baltimore City Council voted in favor of a new comprehensive regulation on pesticides (CB 20-0495). The bill restricts the use of chlorpyrifos, neonicotinoids and glyphosate (the main ingredient in the popular weed killer RoundUp) in Baltimore City. The regulation will go into effect on July 1, 2022. 

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