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June 21, 1996|Times Staff and Wire Reports

State to Ban Buying From Firms With Myanmar Ties: Massachusetts will become the first state to adopt a law making it illegal for its government and agencies to buy from companies that do business in Myanmar. Next week, Gov. William Weld will sign the bill that has already passed the legislature, his office said. Human rights and shareholder activists praised the move, saying it would force companies to stop doing business in Myanmar, whose military junta has been accused of violating human rights. Firms that will be banned because they do business in the Southeast Asian country include oil companies Texaco Inc. and Unocal Corp. and Atlantic Richfield Co., both of Los Angeles. Six U.S. cities in California, Michigan and Wisconsin have enacted a similar law.

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