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News Release | Maryland PIRG | Public Health

Maryland gets a C Grade for efforts to address lead in school drinking water

Annapolis – Reacting to pervasive lead contamination in schools’ drinking water, Maryland PIRG gave Maryland a C grade today for addressing the problem, according to a new report. In the second edition of Maryland PIRG’s Get The Lead Out study, the state showed progress as Maryland received an F grade in 2017. State Delegates Jared Solomon and Stephen Lafferty, State Senator Cory McCray, and the Baltimore Teachers’ Union joined Maryland PIRG in calling for swift action to ensure lead-free water in Maryland’s schools.

Testimony: Fight Flame Retardants

By | Emily Scarr
State Director

Our testimony on HB1264/SB902 to ban toxic flame retardants in furniture, mattresses, and some consumer products.

2019 Legislative Priorities

By | Emily Scarr
State Director

Maryland PIRG’s mission is to deliver persistent, result-oriented public interest activism that protects consumers, encourages a fair, sustainable economy, and fosters democratic government.

Testimony: Electric School Buses

By | Emily Scarr
State Director

Our testimony on HB1255 to support Electric School buses for Maryland.

Testimony: The Lead Reduction and Remediation Act

By | Emily Scarr
State Director

Maryland PIRG supports HB1253/SB481 to lower the action level of lead in school drinking water and help schools remediate for lead.

Testimony: Maryland Small Donor Incentive Act

By | Emily Scarr
State Director

Our testimony on HB1017, a bill to establish small donor public financing for general assembly races. It's time to bring this program to the state level.

Testimony: Transportation & Climate Accountability Act

By | Emily Scarr
State Director

Our testimony on SB788/HB695 to require the Maryland Department of Environment to conduct more thorough environmental reviews of major public-private partnership transportation projects.

Testimony: Update the Keep Antibiotics Effective Act

By | Emily Scarr
State Director

Out testimony for The Keep Antibiotics Effective Act of 2019 to ensure that MDA enforces the law as intended by codifying definitions, requiring notification of effected farms, and requiring reporting on the use of medically important antibiotics on farms.

Report | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Consumer Protection, Transportation

Driving Into Debt

In much of America, access to a car is all but required to hold a job or lead a full and vibrant life. Generations of car-centric transportation policies — including lavish spending on roads, sprawl-inducing land use policies and meager support for other modes of transportation — have left millions of Americans fully dependent on cars for daily living.

News Release | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Consumer Protection, Transportation

Questionable lending drives Americans to record auto debt

The amount of money Americans owe on their cars is now at an all-time high -- up 75 percent since the end of 2009. Americans’ rising indebtedness for cars raises concerns about the financial future of millions of households as lenders extend credit to more and more Americans without the ability to repay, according to a new Maryland PIRG report[1] .

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