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.
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 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.
Please ask your legislator to sponsor this bill, and contact Last Tree Laws to do so. Except for the embarrassment of a compromising photo, students hardly realize the risk of sharing everything online, of online propaganda, the influence of advertising, of manipulation, the risk of blackmail or just general creepiness. At Lower Merion School District in Pennsylvania, students were observed by webcam at home, and chat logs and websites visited were also monitored. Data can also be collected and sold by technology companies, stolen by hackers, added to a government profile, and provide information on family, neighbors, and friends.
The following is based on suggestions provided by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, including the concept that parents and students should be allowed to opt out of technology. Politicians will not be game to restrict tech due to the financial influences, and so support from citizens is needed to persuade politicians.
Social and educational shortfalls are associated with even just a little school screen time. Reducing technology use also ties in with privacy protection, as technology gathers information, and with reducing problems such as societal dependency and energy consumption.
The American Psychological Association has a number of courses on tech addiction and the American Optometric Association warns about eye risk from screen or blue light. Published experts studying the latest research warn of other health risks, as does the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. Although the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends reducing screen time, school and home use adds up. Digital habits are difficult to stem when coursework is tied to daily, even full-time use. A bill to reduce school technology use is proposed below: sponsors are needed.