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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 1215: Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017

Sponsor: Rep. King, Steve [R-IA-4] on 2017-02-24
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr1215

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This bill intends to deny victims of medical malpractice and defective medical products the ability to hold wrongdoers accountable, trampling on states’ rights. The GOP is now rushing it to markup, even though it will directly impede Americans’ access to safe quality medical care. 

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National Legislation

HR 985: Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017

Sponsor: Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6] on 2017-02-09
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr985

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This bill undermines the enforcement of this nation’s civil rights laws and upend decades of settled class action law. This sweeping and poorly drafted legislation will create needless chaos in the courts without actually solving any demonstrated problem and, If enacted, unfairly impacts it people of color and the elderly.

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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

HR 387: Email Privacy Act

Sponsor: Kevin Yoder [R-KS3] on 2017-01-09
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr387

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This bill would reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and require government agencies to obtain a warrant before seizing a criminal suspect’s online communications that are more than 180 days old. Currently, those older communications are considered abandoned and not subject to a reasonable expectation of privacy.

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