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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 Action

Pull back the curtain on prescription drug prices

Date: Tue, August 15, 2017

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A California state bill, SB 17, would require pharmaceutical companies to be upfront about their prescription drug pricing. It would require 60 days of advance notice before price hikes could take effect, and would require drug companies to provide information about the reasons for the increase.

Every year, Big Pharma raises prescription drug prices by about 10% per year without giving the public any justification or advance warning. If we can help SB 17 to pass, they will have to provide both.

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National Action

Don’t destroy my Consumer Financial Protection Bureau!

Date: Tue, July 18, 2017

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This week marks the sixth birthday of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Yet, some in Congress have marked the agency for dead. Let your Senators know that an attack on the CFPB is an attack on the people who put them in office.

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National Legislation

HR 469: Sunshine for Regulations and Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2017

Sponsor: Doug Collins (R-GA) on 2017-01-12
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr469

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The "Sunshine Act" is a direct attack on access to the courts and the regulatory system and undermines citizen enforcement of our laws. It impedes the resolution of consumer protection, anti-discrimination, environmental protection, and other important cases before our federal courts.

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California Legislation

SB 33: Arbitration agreements

Sponsor: Senator Bill Dodd on 12/05/2016
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB33

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Would prohibit the use of forced arbitration clauses in contracts that were created fraudulently and allow victimized consumers to have their day in court to recover damages.

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National Legislation

S 1450: The Commercial Flight Courtesy Act

Sponsor: Lamar Alexander [R-TNnull] on 2017-06-28
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s1450

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The Commercial Flight Courtesy Act would prohibit the use of cell phones for voice communications on regularly scheduled commercial flights.  It would allow the use of personal electronic devices such as Kindles and iPads during flight, which the Federal Aviation Administration has approved.

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National Legislation

S 1389: Military Consumer Enforcement Act

Sponsor: John Reed [D-RInull] on 2017-06-21
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s1389

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The bill provides the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with the ability to enforce a range of civil and financial protections to eligible servicemembers, including capping interest rates, protecting against foreclosure and eviction without a court order, and requiring certain steps to obtain a default judgment against a protected servicemember.

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California Legislation

SB 87: Public safety: omnibus

Sponsor: Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review on 01/11/2017
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB87

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Would cause non-profit groups to lose half, and perhaps all, funding from class action settlements (cy pres awards), a crucial source of funding for consumer protection and educational activities.

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- Action

Protect contact lens consumer rights

Date: Mon, June 12, 2017

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It's been 13 years since the Fairness for Contact Lens Consumers Act became law, requiring optometrists to provide prescriptions to patients so they can shop around for better prices. Yet, Consumer Action found that close to one-third of consumers are not being given their prescriptions following eye exams. Tell Congress to make eye doctors follow the law!

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National Legislation

HR 10: Financial CHOICE Act of 2017

Sponsor: Jeb Hensarling [R-TX5] on 2017-04-26
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr10

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This bill amends the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, among other Acts, and would eviscerate these safeguards, putting the U.S. economy and taxpayers in the same perilous position as prior to the 2008 financial crisis.

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National Legislation

HR 898: Credit Score Competition Act of 2017

Sponsor: Edward Royce [R-CA39] on 2017-02-07
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr898

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This bill would require Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to establish procedures for considering expanded credit scoring models (models that may use rent, utility, and telecom payments) and and certain credit scores in making a determination whether to purchase a residential mortgage, and for other purposes.

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National Legislation

HR 435: The Credit Access and Inclusion Act of 2017

Sponsor: Keith Ellison [D-MN5] on 2017-01-11
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr435

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This bill aims amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to clarify Federal law with respect to reporting certain positive consumer credit information, including rent, utility and telecom payments, to consumer reporting agencies.

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National Legislation

S 1262: The Fairness for Struggling Students Act

Sponsor: Richard Durbin [D-ILnull] on 2017-05-25
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s1262

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This bill will help address the student debt crisis by once again permitting privately issued student loans to be discharged in bankruptcy, the same as nearly all other forms of private unsecured debt.

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National Legislation

S 771: Improving Access To Affordable Prescription Drugs Act

Sponsor: Alan Franken [D-MNnull] on 2017-03-29
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s771

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This bill aims to stop prescription drug corporations from gouging consumers with high prices on the medicines they need to lead healthy and productive lives.

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National Legislation

S 1037: Forbidding Airlines from Imposing Ridiculous (FAIR) Fees Act

Sponsor: Edward Markey [D-MAnull] on 2017-05-04
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s1037

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As airlines continue to charge consumers sky-high fees for basic services such as checking a bag and changing or canceling a flight, this bill prohibits airlines from imposing fees, including cancellation, change and bag fees, that are not reasonable and proportional to the costs of the services provided.

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National Action

Stop another financial crisis from happening

Date: Mon, May 01, 2017

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Congress is holding a series of hearings to consider a horrible piece of legislation called the Financial CHOICE Act. We prefer to call it the Wrong CHOICE Act, since it will gut critical consumer protections created after the 2008 financial crisis—regulations put in place to protect consumers and help prevent another Great Recession. Stop Congress from making the wrong CHOICE!

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California Legislation

SB 313: Advertising: automatic renewal and continuous service offers

Sponsor: Senator Robert M. Hertzberg on 02/13/2017
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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