THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

By Bob Katzen

“These toxic chemicals don’t belong anywhere, let alone in food packaging. Kudos to Rhode Island for taking this important step to protect the public from PFAS. I hope Massachusetts will soon become the next state to act.”
— Ben Hellerstein, state director for Environment Massachusetts, on Rhode Island’s passage of a new law banning PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) in food packaging. Supporters say that PFAs are dangerous chemicals which have been linked to a wide variety of health problems including immunosuppression, low birthweight, liver disease and testicular and kidney cancer.

“The Legislature’s move, driven by Speaker Ron Mariano and Senate President Karen Spilka, to give driver’s licenses to people in this country illegally resonated like no other issue before with the people of Massachusetts. MassFiscal set a record with the number of people who used our website to contact their legislators opposing this vote.
—Paul Craney, spokesman for the Mass Fiscal Alliance.

“I look forward to working with you and your team and our team as we hopefully quickly and successfully settle the differences between both of our bills. It’s the first time we’ve attempted to update and modernize the cannabis laws since they were enacted by the voters in 2016 and modified by us in the Legislature in 2017.”
—Senate Ways and Means chair Sen. Mike Rodrigues (D-Westport) on the conference committee working on drafting a compromise version of a bill that would make changes in the cannabis laws.

“We’re seeing more daylight shootings on busy streets and more guns in the hands of teenagers. The common thread, beyond shooters willing to send bullets flying regardless of where they are, is that the guns were likely trafficked in from another state.”
—Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden urging governors and legislators in states with “easy-access gun purchase laws” to consider the impacts their laws are having on cities like Boston.

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