The Attorney General's Office works to ensure that consumers are protected from unfair, deceptive, or predatory practices from businesses. Below are recent policy statements, testimony, and letters from the Attorney General's Office. If you want to file a complaint with the Attorney General's Office, please visit our Get Consumer Support page.
- Testimony before the Joint Committee on Public Health on Tobacco Flavor Ban Legislation
- Testimony before Joint Committee on Financial Services on Debt Collection Fairness Act
- Testimony before Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure in Support of a Student Tuition Recovery Fund
- Letter to Congress on CDC Funding for Gun Violence Research
- Letter to Gun Dealers in Massachusetts on Legal Obligations under State Gun Laws
- Letter to Joint Committee on Housing on Manufactured Housing Legislation
- Letter to Joint Committee on Public Health on Electronic Smoking Device Legislation
- Testimony before Massachusetts Legislature on Tax Foreclosure Reform
- Testimony on An Act to Prevent Unnecessary Vacancies in Foreclosed Homes
- Letter to U.S. Department of Education on For-Profit Schools (April 2015) (press release)
- Testimony before U.S. Congress About Proposed Data Breach Legislation
- Proposed E-cigarette Regulations (March 2015) (Press release)
All residents of Massachusetts deserve to be treated equally under the law and live a life free of discrimination. Below are recent policy statements from the Attorney General's Office on Civil Rights. If you feel that you are the victim of discrimination, you can file a complaint with the Civil Rights Division.
- Testimony before Joint Committee on Election Laws on Election Day Registration Legislation
- Testimony before Joint Committee on the Judiciary on ROE Act
- Letter to Joint Committee on Election Laws in Support of Automatic Voter Registration
- Gender Identity Guidance for Public Accommodations
- #EveryoneWelcome (webpage)
- Letter to Joint Committee on the Judiciary on Transgender Public Accommodations Legislation
- Testimony before Joint Committee on the Judiciary on Transgender Public Accommodations Legislation
- Testimony on An Act to Establish Pay Equity, An Act Establishing the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and Senate Resolution 1007
- AGO Policy to Protect Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Individuals (Press release)
- Amicus Brief Urging Supreme Court to Uphold the Right to Marry Nationwide (Press release)
As the chief lawyer and law enforcement office of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Attorney General's Office works with the legislature to ensure that the office can effectively do its job.
The Attorney General's Office advocates for policies to ensure that all Massachusetts residents receive equal treatment on the law. Below you can find recent statements, letters, and testimony on criminal justice.
- Letter to Judiciary Committee on Criminal Justice Reform
- Letter to Judiciary Committee supporting a ban on Female Genital Mutilation
- Letter on the Need to Reform Costly Prison Phone Services
- Testimony before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary
- Testimony before Joint Committee on Transportation on An Act Relative to Motor Vehicle License Suspension, Senate Bill 1812, House Bill 3039
- Letter to Massachusetts Legislature on Criminal Justice Reform (June 2015)
Energy & Environment
The Attorney General's Office works to protect the environment and encourage the development of cost-effective renewable energy for the residents of Massachusetts.
- Testimony from Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy on our ratepayer advocacy bill (June 2017)
- AGO Regional Electric Reliability Options Study Report
- Testimony before Joint Committee on the Environment on MA Pollinators
- Letter to Massachusetts Legislature on Solar Programs and Net Metering
- Letter to U.S. Congress on Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act
- Defense of EPA’s Efforts to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Power Plants (Press Release)
- Support of U.S. Senate Bill on Toxic Chemicals (Press Release)
The Attorney General's Office protects workers from exploitation and sets a level playing field for employers. If you need to make a wage complaint with the Attorney General's Office, you can do so by filing with the Fair Labor Division.
The Attorney General's Office ensures proper investigation and prosecution of illegal gaming related activity in Massachusetts, as well as regulating the daily fantasy sports industry. If you need to inform the Attorney General's Office of illegal gaming, you can file a gaming tip.
Health Care and Fair Competition
The Attorney General's Office works to promote public health and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the health care system for all health care consumers in Massachusetts. If you have a problem with health insurance bills or medical bills, you can file a complaint with the Health Care Division.
- Letter to Joint Committee on Substance Use, Recovery and Mental Health on Children's Mental Health Services Legislation
- Testimony before Joint Committee on Financial Services on An Act Relative to Advancing Contraceptive Coverage and Economic Security in our State
- Letter to Joint Committee on Financial Services in Support of Access to Confidential Healthcare
- Letter to Gilead Sciences, Inc.
- Testimony in Support of Women’s Access to Confidential Healthcare and Economic Equity
- Bill to Protect Consumers From Higher Healthcare Costs (Press Release)
The Attorney General's Office serves all residents of Massachusetts regardless of their immigration status and Attorney General Maura Healey is committed to protecting immigrants in Massachusetts. Through litigation and advisory notices, the Attorney General's Office has made clear that protecting these communities is a priority.
Insurance and Financial Services
The Attorney General's Office works to ensure fairness in the insurance and financial services industries for the Commonwealth's consumers.
Combating the opioid epidemic is a top priority of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. To that end, the AG is working on all fronts across the office with a team comprised of health care experts, law enforcement, advocates, and public policy experts that is dedicated to tackling heroin, fentanyl, and prescription drug misuse using a multi-disciplinary approach that includes enforcement, policy, prevention and education efforts.
- AG Healey, GE Foundation Launch Substance Use Prevention Initiative to Reach All Public Middle Schools in Massachusetts (Press release)
- Massachusetts Schools Receive Unprecedented Funding to Prevent Opioid Addiction Under New AG Healey Initiative (Press release)
- State and Federal Agencies Announce New Coalition to Fight Illegal Opioid Prescribing and Dispensing (Press release)
- AG Healey Lends Support for CDC Guidelines Around Opioid Prescribing (Pres
- Letter to Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse on Governor's Proposed Opioid Legislation
- Testimony Before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary on Fentanyl Trafficking, Eyewitness Identification, and Updates to our Wiretap Law
- AG Healey Announces $325K Agreement with Naloxone Manufacturer, Dedicates Funds to Help First Responders Statewide Access Life-Saving Drug
- An Act relative to the trafficking of Fentanyl
Sexual and Domestic Violence
The Attorney General's Office has formed a partnership with the Patriots Foundation to create Game Change: The Patriots Anti-Violence Partnership, an innovative approach to healthy relationship and violence prevention education. The program, launched in 2015 by the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, is providing training in anti-violence strategies to students, faculty, and coaches at public high schools across Massachusetts.