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Consumer Issues

Includes unfair and deceptive practices, scams and frauds, consumer rights, transparency and consumer protection.

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California Legislation

SB 313: Advertising: automatic renewal and continuous service offers

Sponsor: Hertzberg on
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB313

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SB 313 would protect consumers from deceptive “free” trial offers that convert to paid subscriptions without the consumer’s awareness or consent.

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National Legislation

HR 522: Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2017

Sponsor: Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6] on 2017-01-13
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr522

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This bill would be a gift to lawbreakers at the expense of families and communities suffering from injuries that cannot be addressed by direct restitution. It cuts off any payments to third parties other than individualized restitution, limiting federal enforcement officials of their ability to negotiate appropriate relief for victims.

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National Legislation

S 626: A bill to create a dedicated inspector general for the CFPB

Sponsor: Rob Portman [R-OH] on 2017-03-14
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s626

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This bill would create unecessary bureaucratic hoops for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), thwarting its attemps to do its job and protect consumers. Specifically, the bill would create a dedicated, Senate-confirmed inspector general to oversee the Bureau.

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National Legislation

HR 585 : Investor Choice Act of 2017

Sponsor: Keith Ellison [D-MN5] on 2017-01-17
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr585

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The Investor Choice Act of 2017 aims to eliminate forced arbitration for consumers in investor contracts with brokerage firms and investment advisers.

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National Legislation

S 646: A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the enforcement of employment and…

Sponsor: Richard Blumenthal [D-CTnull] on 2017-03-15
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s646

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"The Justice for Servicemembers Act" makes unenforceable any pre-dispute agreement to arbitrate a claim under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), which prohibits employment discrimination against servicemembers and veterans, and makes other changes to help plaintiffs enforce USERRA’s protections.

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National Legislation

HR 1004: Regulatory Integrity Act of 2017

Sponsor: Tim Walberg [R-MI7] on 2017-02-13
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr1004

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H.R. 1004 will significantly undermine federal agencies’ ability to engage and inform the public in a meaningful and transparent way regarding its work on important science-based rulemakings that will greatly benefit the public.

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National Legislation

HR 5: Regulatory Accountability Act

Sponsor: Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6] on 2017-01-03
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr5

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This bill would cripple the process for issuing and enforcing rules to ensure we have clean air and water, safe food and consumer products, fair wages and safe workplaces and many other key protections. Dozens of new burdensome requirements would increase the demands on already struggling agencies.

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National Legislation

S 552: Justice for Victims of Fraud Act of 2017

Sponsor: Sherrod Brown [D-OHnull] on 2017-03-07
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s552

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The Justice for Victims of Fraud Act would close the “Wells Fargo loophole” by clarifying that forced arbitration clauses do not apply to checking and credit card accounts fraudulently opened without a customer’s consent.

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National Legislation

S 647: A bill to amend title 9, United States Code, with respect to arbitration

Sponsor: Richard Blumenthal [D-CTnull] on 2017-03-15
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s647

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"The Mandatory Arbitration Transparency Act" would invalidate and prohibit mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements that require the parties to the arbitration to keep matters surrounding the arbitration process confidential, forcing plaintiffs into secret proceedings hidden from other potential victims and from the public.

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National Legislation

S 553: Court Legal Access and Student Support (CLASS) Act of 2017

Sponsor: Richard Durbin [D-ILnull] on 2017-03-07
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s553

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The CLASS Act would prohibit an institution of higher education from receiving Title IV federal student aid funding if the school’s enrollment agreement requires mandatory arbitration or otherwise restricts students’ ability to pursue claims against the school in court.

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National Legislation

S 550: Restoring Statutory Rights and Interests of the States Act of 2017

Sponsor: Patrick Leahy [D-VTnull] on 2017-03-07
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s550

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The Restoring Statutory Rights and Interests of the States Act would ensure that mandatory arbitration clauses cannot be interpreted to preempt civil rights claims or other statutory causes of actions.

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National Legislation

S 537: Arbitration Fairness Act of 2017

Sponsor: Alan Franken [D-MNnull] on 2017-01-20
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s537

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Arbitration Fairness Act of 2017 would prohibit the use of mandatory, pre-dispute arbitration agreements in consumer, employment, civil rights, and antitrust cases.

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National Legislation

S 405: Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act

Sponsor: Chris Coons [D-DEnull] on 2017-02-16
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s405

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The Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act has gained bipartisan support and would exempt from income tax federal and private student loans that are canceled due to the death of the student or the total and permanent disability of the borrower.

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National Action

Fight attacks on consumer protection!

Date: Mon, February 06, 2017

Write Congress

The new administration has announced plans to damage the Dodd-Frank financial protection law and cripple the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Your dissent is crucial.

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National Action

Help! Congress has ramped up its war on consumers!

Date: Thu, January 19, 2017

Write Congress

Without your help, the new Congress and administration are set to literally destroy the only federal financial agency created to stave off another recession and protect your rights in the marketplace: the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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National Legislation

HR 482: Local Zoning Decisions Protection Act of 2017

Sponsor: Paul Gosar [R-AZ4] on 2017-01-12
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr412

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This bill aims to repeal the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, which promotes fair housing choice and creates inclusive communities free from discrimination in areas that receive federal funding for housing. If enacted, the bill would nullify the HUD rule.

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National Legislation

S 34: Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017

Sponsor: Ron Johnson [R-WInull] on 2017-01-05
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s34

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Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017 amends the Congressional Review Act to allow Congress to target and revoke mulitiple regulations that were passed in the final year of a President Obama's term. Many of the regulations on the potential chopping block address consumer, environmental, energy, and natural resources issues. 

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National Action

Support a strong CFPB

Date: Tue, January 03, 2017

Write Congress

Elected officials with big ties to the financial industry are determined to de-fund and “defang” the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) by stripping its independence and slashing its budget. Tell Congress to oppose any legislation that tries to weaken or defund the CFPB.