This bill asks that public schools turn off wireless access where possible, hardwire Internet connections, check that electric and magnetic fields are not high, and have a policy of limiting nonionizing radiation exposures including wireless. Additionally, the bill alters the goals of the Education Dept. as highlighted in section two to emphasize a more respectful attitude towards students and teachers, and so as to insure environmental health attention.
An Act reducing library non-ionizing radiation exposures from wireless and electricity
SECTION 1. Section 19G of Chapter 78 of Part I Title XII of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after the first paragraph the following paragraph:-
The board shall use funding to encourage public libraries to reduce non-ionizing radiation exposure, including from use of wireless communications and electronic technology, through hard-wiring connections, segregating areas of exposure, product purchase, and other means to reduce non-ionizing emissions from technologies.
This bill requires registration for public records of wireless facilities with the Dept. of Radiation Control, starting with all small cells and all wireless facilities using 5G frequency bands. Registration includes contact information of all owners. Additionally, the bill states that the dept. is to recognize random and artificially-generated nonionizing radiation (including wireless) as a cause of disease, and to adopt the Precautionary Principle in setting regulations and in advising the government and the public.
This legislation is a request the legislature investigate the reporting of the smart meter (AMI or mesh) pilot in Worcester. The pilot was plagued by cost overruns, constituent complaints ignored, and the submissions of the costs for a public hearing were blacked out, i.e. censored. This request is intended to help get justice and forestall continuance of expensive and also harmful smart meters, and was put forward by constituents in Worcester and Norfolk in two different but similar bills.
This bill allows the filing of a lawsuit at a later date than usually allowed by law when the person is sick or lacks evidence to prove a cause of action. An expert testifying in court must also provide information about his or her history of serving as an expert and payment provided in section 4. If a circumstance is obviously traumatic, then a psychologist is not necessary too prove this fact--to do so is an added burden and cost. Grounds for denying arbitration are included in section 3.
In Massachusetts, running a petition initiative to put a question on the ballot is difficult. There are only a few months to gather signatures and then they must be collected by the campaign organizers from the registrars and given to the Secretary of State. Driving all over to get a few signatures here and there wastes time and gas. This bill addresses that issue, and also addresses payments to signature gatherers to support transparency.
This law proposes educational standards be more flexible to allow for alternative schools such as Montessori or models such as interdisciplinary; that MCAS testing time be limited; and that standards be revised and edited more regularly by teachers and parents. The law also reduces the testing requirement for a diploma.
The Dept. of Radiation Control has the right to regulate wireless and all nonionizing radiation, but will not do so on its own due to the political stakes. This bill sets a timeline for the dept. to ban particularly dangerous emissions, starting with wireless baby monitors and small cell towers, and then proceeding from there. By admitting some risks merit a ban, this bill allows public awareness, discussion, and pressure to grow and gives the dept. an opening to make further bans as needed.
The Massachusetts Broadband Institute is set up to maintain a fund from licensing or leasing fees, as well as to accept funds provided by the state or from federal grants. So far under Baker, MBI has annoyed many people by granting funds just to monopolies like Comcast, rather than supporting municipal broadband or smaller businesses. However, the law can be changed to direct MBI to invest otherwise and also insure the grid is hard-wired and secure.
The Dept. of Public Health is supposed to protect health, but politics get in the way. This bill provides that the department summarize environmental health risks for the public on several topics and according to credible science. Additionally, a mechanism is provided for the public to suggest topics and the department respond.