Monthly Archives: December 2012

Domestic violence bill is now law, with changes we wanted

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Our lobbying efforts have paid off! In a major victory for SPOA, the Massachusetts Legislature passed unanimously a revised domestic violence bill that conforms to SPOA’s suggestions. As passed, the new law eliminates the provisions that would have made it … Read More “Domestic violence bill is now law, with changes we wanted”

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CDC lowers lead level threshold after budget cuts

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For 20 years, the official “level of concern” for lead poisoning was 10 micrograms per deciliter of blood. Recently, however, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) made a dramatic change, cutting the “level of concern” in half, … Read More “CDC lowers lead level threshold after budget cuts”

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The new law – with important parts highlighted

Chapter 417 of the Acts of 2004

AN ACT AUTHORIZING WATER SUBMETERING

IN RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES.

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Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

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Negative Impacts of Water Submetering Bill [H.5001] if enacted into law

BRIEF SUMMARY:

Water submetering would transfer water bills from owners to tenants through proportional billing according to actual submetered water usage.

Water conservation among the tenant population could reach 25% to 30% reduction in water usage – and save taxpayers … Read More “Negative Impacts of Water Submetering Bill [H.5001] if enacted into law”

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Governor signs water submetering bill – useless to small owners, and worse yet

Water submetering bill passes

Useless for small owners

Worse yet:  just-cause eviction & back-door rent control

On December 16, Governor Mitt Romney signed the Water Submet-ering bill into law, over the strenuous objections of SPOA, which was excluded from drafting … Read More “Governor signs water submetering bill – useless to small owners, and worse yet”

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