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Beacon Hill: Endangered Inmates; Debt Collections Curtailed; Rep. Harrington's Perfect Attendance

Jails, Prisons & Immigrant Detention Centers
     “Immigrant detention centers are institutions that uniquely heighten the danger of disease transmission. Public health officials continue to advise that detention centers—as well as jails, prisons, and other similar facilities—must dramatically reduce their population and density for the safety of detained people, staff who work in these facilities, and the communities they live in. ICE has the responsibility to protect the safety of all who are in immigration detention and must act now.” --- Carol Rose, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts commenting on her suit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on behalf of two immigrants detained in the Plymouth County Correctional Facility in Massachusetts.
 
Atty General Files Emergency Debt Collection Regulations
     Attorney General Maura Healey filed an emergency regulation Friday that, effective immediately, bans creditors from using any debt collection methods that would require people to leave their homes or have person-to-person contact. The prohibition includes "filing new lawsuits against Massachusetts consumers, visiting their homes or places of work, or repossessing their cars, among other protections," the AG's office said.
     The emergency regulation also prohibits collection agencies and debt buyers from making unsolicited debt collection phone calls to consumers. "The COVID-19 crisis has caused substantial medical and financial hardship for families in Massachusetts, and we want to do everything we can to protect them from further harm," Healey said. "This emergency regulation puts additional restrictions in place to prevent debt collectors and creditors from harassing our residents." The regulation will stay in place for 90 days or until the end of the governor's declared state of emergency.
 
Rep. Sheila Harrington Notches 100% Roll Call Record So Far for 2020
     For 2020 through March 27 Groton Rep. Sheila Harrington’s roll call voting attendance record is 100%.
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