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Mass. lawmakers call for ban on government use of facial recognition

Sen. Ed Markey and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley filed legislation calling for the ban after reports that law enforcement groups have contracted with facial recognition companies, saying the technology is much more likely to misidentify people of color.

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Ed Markey, Ayanna Pressley push for federal ban on facial recognition technology

Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Ayanna Pressley are pushing to ban the federal government’s use of facial recognition technology, as Boston last week nixed the city use of the technology and tech giants pause their sale of facial surveillance tools to police.

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Sen. Markey Files Legislation To Ban Government Use Of Facial Recognition Software

Markey cited a report that said Black, Brown and Asian individuals were up to 100 times more likely to be misidentified.

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U.S. Sen. Ed Markey pushes to ban government use of facial recognition technology, says ‘the criminal justice system is already rigged’

The recent arrest of Robert Williams, a Black man in Michigan who was misidentified by facial recognition technology as a theft suspect, is the latest example of why Congress needs to ban government use of the biometric surveillance tool, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey said during a virtual news conference Sunday.

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Elizabeth Warren, Ayanna Pressley, Ed Markey request additional review of Chelsea Soldier’s Home

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey and Rep. Ayanna Pressley sent a letter to Gov. Charlie Baker Friday suggesting a review of the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home could help save veterans’ lives and prevent further infections.

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Senators Markey & Sanders To Introduce Legislation to Ban Law Enforcement’s Use of Tear Gas and Rubber Bullets

Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) yesterday, June 26, announced legislation to ban the use of tear gas and rubber bullets by law enforcement.

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Senator Markey & Business Owner Randolph To Speak at Framingham Democratic Meeting Sunday

Senator Ed Markey will speak at the Framingham Democratic Committee meeting on Sunday evening, June 28.

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Lawmakers Call for Independent Probe on COVID-19 Outbreak at Chelsea Soldiers’ Home

Three Massachusetts lawmakers are calling for an independent investigation into the deadly outbreak of COVID-19 at the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home. U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey and Rep. Ayanna Pressley sent a letter to Gov. Charlie Baker Friday requesting the independent investigation into the outbreak of the new coronavirus at the Chelsea facility.

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Ayanna Pressley and Ed Markey want to eliminate public transit fares. Here’s how.

Pressley and Sen. Ed Markey introduced a bill Friday to create a $5 billion grant program to support local governments that implement fare-free bus and rail systems and otherwise invest in ways to increase transit access in historically underserved communities.

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The Cybersecurity 202: Democrats and Republicans unite to push for a new cybersecurity czar

Democrats will introduce legislation banning government from using facial recognition.–“Facial recognition technology is fundamentally flawed, systemically biased, and has no place in our society,” said Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), who will introduce the bill alongside Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) in the House. Sens. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) will introduce the legislation in the Senate.

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Warren, Markey, Pressley call for investigation of COVID-19 outbreak at Chelsea Soldier’s Home

Both of Massachusetts’ senators and a representative are asking for an independent investigation into the COVID-19 outbreak at the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home, where dozens of veterans have died. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Ayanna Pressley submitted a letter Friday to Gov. Charlie Baker requesting the investigation.

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Democratic lawmakers just introduced a bill that would ban the use of facial recognition technology by federal law enforcement

Four Democratic lawmakers — Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey and ..

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Democrats introduce bill that seeks to ban government from using facial recognition technology

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass) is joining forces with Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) to introduce the Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act in the House and Senate.

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Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech

The bill was introduced by Sens. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in the Senate, and by Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) in the House.

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New Bill Would Ban Feds, Cops from Using Facial Recognition Tech

While providing exceptions, the bill, introduced by Sens. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Jeff Merkeley (D-OR) and Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), would also prevent police departments receiving federal law-enforcement grant money from using facial recognition.

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Ed Markey and Ayanna Pressley are proposing a federal ban on facial recognition technology

A day after the Boston City Council passed an ordinance to ban the city from using facial recognition technology, Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Ayanna Pressley are pushing to do the same at the national level.

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Cornyn, Markey introduce bipartisan bill to make Juneteenth federal holiday

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) joined U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and a bipartisan coalition to introduce a bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. Currently, Juneteenth is celebrated by 47 states, including Texas, and the District of Columbia.

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Senate Democrats ask HHS watchdog to investigate Trump’s call to ‘slow the testing down’

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut sent a letter to the department’s acting inspector general Monday asking to review all coronavirus testing funding streams and programs “to determine whether any programs have been ‘slowed down’ at the request of President Trump.”

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After President Claims He ‘Slowed Down’ Coronavirus Testing, Senators Warren, & Markey Call for Investigation

United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D- Mass.), Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) asked the Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General (IG) to conduct a full review of all funding streams, programs, and other congressional mandates related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) diagnostic testing to determine whether any programs have been “slowed down” at the request of President Donald Trump or HHS political employees.

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Democratic Senators Raise Cybersecurity Concerns About Autonomous Vehicles

Democratic Sens. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut have insisted that vehicles connected to the internet have the potential of being hacked and controlled remotely, a scenario that risks the safety of motorists, passengers and pedestrians.

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Capitol Hill may approve bill to establish a new holiday

The bill was sponsored by Senators, Ed Markey, Tina Smith, And Kamala Harris.

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Harris, Markey, Smith, Booker to Introduce Legislation to Make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Tina Smith (D-MN), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) on Friday announced they will introduce Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, legislation to make Juneteenth a federal holiday.

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House, Senate file bills to make Juneteenth a holiday in Massachusetts

U.S. Sen Markey and fellow Democrat Sens. Tina Smith of Minnesota, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California announced Friday they would file legislation to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. Their bill, according to Markey’s office, “would also establish a Juneteenth Federal Holiday Commission to encourage appropriate ceremonies and activities throughout the United States.”

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With Air Permit Vacated, Senators Call For Construction To Stop On Weymouth Compressor

On Thursday, Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey wrote to federal regulators asking to halt construction of a controversial natural gas compressor station in Weymouth. The letter comes after a federal court vacated the compressor’s air permit earlier this month.

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Local leaders host virtual discussion on Alzheimer’s disease research

Senator Markey is a leading member of the Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s disease, dedicated to a multi-billion-dollar research program to find a cure by 2025.

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Sen. Markey Introduces Bill To Halt Deportations & ICE Actions During Coronavirus Pandemic

With states continuing to experience alarming upticks in the number of new coronavirus infections, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today introduced legislation to halt the Trump administration’s harmful immigration enforcement activities, including deportations, during the coronavirus pandemic to protect public health.

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National Leading Grassroots Organization, Indivisible, Endorses Ed Markey for U.S. Senate

Indivisible, a national, progressive grassroots organization with over a million members across the country, today announced its endorsement of Ed Markey for re-election to the United States Senate.

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Markey Receives Endorsement for Senate From National Leading Grassroots Organization, Indivisible

Indivisible, a national, progressive grassroots organization with over a million members across the country, today announced its endorsement of Ed Markey for re-election to the United States Senate.

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Mass. Lawmakers Demand Investigation After Veteran Found Dead At VA Hospital

Now, U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, Congresswomen Katherine Clark and Lori Trahan and Congressman Seth Moulton are asking the Department of Veterans Affairs to investigate the matter.

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Mass. lawmakers call for VA Inspector General to launch investigation into death of veteran at Bedford facility

United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), along with Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA-05), Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA-04), and Congresswoman Lori Trahan (D-MA-03) are pushing for more answers in the case after the 62-year-old veteran who had been missing for nearly a month was found dead in a stairwell.

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