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News Release | CALPIRG | COVID-19

New “Home Safe for the Holidays” initiative calls on Gov. Newsom to dramatically ramp up testing

In order to hit the testing target that the Brown School of Public Health and Harvard Global Health Institute say is necessary to effectively suppress the virus, California needs to conduct more than eight times as much testing as we are doing now. CALPIRG is urging people to sign a petition to the governor urging him to commit to hitting that testing target.

News Release | CALPIRG Education Fund | Consumer Tips

New report: COVID-19 pandemic worsens existing consumer problems with car buying

Consumer complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regarding vehicle loans and leases have increased sharply during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report by the CALPIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group. The analysis suggests that consumers in California and across the United States are facing abusive and deceptive practices from the automobile lending industry. 

News Release | CALPIRG | Public Health, Consumer Protection

California first state to ban toxic chemicals in personal care products, cosmetics

In a major victory for the movement for safer cosmetics, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, Assembly Bill 2762, into law on Wednesday. This is the nation’s first state-level ban of 24 toxic ingredients, including mercury and formaldehyde, from the beauty and personal care products Californians use every day.

News Release | CALPIRG | COVID-19, Consumer Protection

New law protects Californians from price gouging

Gov. Gavin Newsom took action to protect consumers Wednesday by signing Senate Bill 1196 into law. The bill, authored by Sen. Tom Umberg, will strengthen California’s current price gouging prohibition by closing a loophole that allows new sellers to substantially increase the prices of essential items such as face masks and hand sanitizer.

News Release | CALPIRG | Consumer Protection, Financial Reform

California’s new “mini-CFPB” is a victory for consumer protection


Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Friday creating a new consumer protection watchdog in California, the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI). The new agency will have expanded oversight of companies, including debt collectors and credit reporting agencies.


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