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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.

Support

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.

Watching

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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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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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.

Watching

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.

Watching

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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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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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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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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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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