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S 1816: Freedom from Equifax Exploitation Act

Sponsor: Elizabeth Warren [D-MAnull] on 2017-09-14
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s1816

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In light of the massive Equifax data breech that impacted the data privacy of 143 million Americans, the FREE Act would force credit-reporting firms to stop charging consumers to freeze their credit.

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S 1712: The SIMPLE Act

Sponsor: Ron Wyden [D-ORnull] on 2017-08-02
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s1712

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The SIMPLE Act eliminates unnecessary paperwork requirements for borrowers enrolled in income driven repayment plans and automatically connects struggling borrowers to the relief that is already available to them under the law. The result will be fewer people weighed down by unaffordable student loan payments and fewer people defaulting.

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HR 2359: Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) Liability Harmonization Act

Sponsor: Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) on 05/04/2017
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2359

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Would dramatically reduce consumer remedies for the worst credit reporting violations (would eliminate punitive damages in individual cases and reduce statutory damages in class actions).

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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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AB 375: The California Broadband Internet Privacy Act

Sponsor: Assemblymember Ed Chau on 02/09/2017
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB375

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Limits what broadband providers (internet service providers, or ISPs) can do with customer data. The bill was crafted in response to the repeal of the Federal Communications Commission's 2016 internet privacy regulations by the Trump administration.

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AB 315: Pharmacy benefit management

Sponsor: Assemblymembers Jim Wood and Brian Dahle on 02/06/2017
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB315

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Requires disclosure of drug acquisition costs, rebates received from pharmaceutical manufacturers and rates negotiated with pharmacies by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), entities that have played a major role in artificially raising drug prices for consumers, and which currently operate with virtually no oversight.

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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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AB 380: Electronic transactions: motor vehicle finance

Sponsor: Assemblymember Matt Dababneh on 02/09/2017
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB380

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Currently, under California's Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, auto dealers are not permitted to enter into electronic conditional sales contracts for the purchase or lease of new or used motor vehicles. This bill would allow such practices.

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AB 165: Privacy: electronic communications: exclusions: local educational agencies

Sponsor: Assemblymember Jim Cooper on 1/17/2017
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB165

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This bill would remove the basic privacy protections of the California Electronic Communication Privacy Act (CalECPA) for California’s public school students, teachers and staff.

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HR 2901 (S 797): Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Permanence Act of 2017

Sponsor: Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL); Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL); Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) on 6/15/2017
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2901

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Directs the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to establish a Community Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Matching Grant Program to provide matching funds for the development, expansion, or continuation of tax preparation programs to assist low-income taxpayers and members of underserved populations.

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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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S 964 (HR 2356): MY DATA Act of 2017

Sponsor: Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT); Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA) on 4/27/2017
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s964

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Would prohibit providers of internet broadband services or content, applications, or devices from using unfair or deceptive acts or practices relating to privacy or data security. It would authorize the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), after consulting with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), to promulgate regulations under this legislation.

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HR 2520: Balancing the Rights Of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibly (BROWSER) Act

Sponsor: Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on 5/18/2017
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2520

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Consumer Action opposes this bill in its current form because it would undermine the enforcement of internet privacy by preempting stronger state legislation and by removing the Federal Communication Commission's privacy jurisdiction.

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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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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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