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Sponsor: Assemblymembers Jim Wood and Brian Dahle on 02/06/2017
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.
Sponsor: Senator Bill Dodd on 12/05/2016
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.
Sponsor: Assemblymember Matt Dababneh on 02/09/2017
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.
Sponsor: Assemblymember Jim Cooper on 1/17/2017
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.
Sponsor: Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL); Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL); Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) on 6/15/2017
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.
Sponsor: Lamar Alexander [R-TNnull] on 2017-06-28
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.
Sponsor: Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT); Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA) on 4/27/2017
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.
Sponsor: Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on 5/18/2017
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.
Sponsor: John Reed [D-RInull] on 2017-06-21
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.
Sponsor: Rep. King, Steve [R-IA-4] on 2017-02-24
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.
Sponsor: Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review on 01/11/2017
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.
Sponsor: Jeb Hensarling [R-TX5] on 2017-04-26
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.
Sponsor: Edward Royce [R-CA39] on 2017-02-07
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.
Sponsor: Keith Ellison [D-MN5] on 2017-01-11
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.
Sponsor: Richard Durbin [D-ILnull] on 2017-05-25
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.