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What's the first step in dealing with an overflowing bathtub? That's the question MASSPIRG legislative director Deirdre Cummings asks to make her pitch for a sweeping new bill aimed at wrangling the presence of PFAS chemicals in food packaging, car seats, cookware, firefighting foam, carpeting and more.
Around the country, state legislatures use their public websites to publish reams of written testimony submitted in support or opposition to proposals, name special interest groups and people who offer formal feedback, and identify how representatives and senators vote in the committee-level decisions that can determine if bills advance or die. Virtually none of that is publicly available by default here in Massachusetts.