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National Legislation

HR 2650: Payment Choice Act of 2019

Sponsor: Donald M. Payne Jr. (D-NJ) on 05-09-2019
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr2650

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This bill makes it unlawful for a person selling goods or services at retail to refuse to accept cash; post signs or notices stating that cash payment is not accepted; and/or charge a higher price to a customer who pays by cash.

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California Legislation

AB 2811: Online Subscription Cancellation

Sponsor: California Assemblymember Marc Berman on
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB2811

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AB 2811 ensures that if California consumers can subscribe to a subscription service online, they should be able to cancel their subscriptions online, and that they can do so without delay or having to jump through hoops.

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California Legislation

AB 2559: Consumer Restitution and Protection Act

Sponsor: California Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan on
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB2559

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The bill seeks to grant the Department of Business and Oversight (DBO) the authority to collect restitution for consumers harmed by non-bank lenders, including those companies that operate in the mortgage, payday and credit card industries.

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California Legislation

AB 154: Public postsecondary education: income share agreement (pilot program)

Sponsor: Assembly Member Voepel on
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB154

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This bill would allow students at the University of California and California State Universities to enter into income share agreements (ISA) instead of taking out loans. ISAs are unregulated by the government, repayments are uncapped, and they don't offer the same advantages as federal student loans (forbearance, hardship deferments, etc.).

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National Legislation

HR 6201: Families First Coronavirus Act

Sponsor: Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) on 2020-3-11
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr6201

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The bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Act would give millions of workers up to two weeks of paid sick leave and three months of paid family medical leave to handle personal health/family caregiving responsibilities related to the coronavirus. The legislation would also reimburse companies (via tax credits) for providing the leave.

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California Legislation

AB 539: Fair Access to Credit 2019

Sponsor: Assembly Member Monique Limón on
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB539

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This consumer protection bill stops predatory lending tactics, protects consumers and focuses on fair credit. It caps loan interest rates at 36% plus the fed fund rate (2.5% today). This bill is a compromise between consumer advocates and lenders that are currently offering loans at approximately 36%.

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National Legislation

S 2833: Veterans and Consumers Fair Credit Act

Sponsor: Senator Merkley (D-OR) on 2019-11-12
https://www.votervoice.net/ConsumerAction/Campaigns/69689/Respond

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This legislation would extend financial protections that currently apply only to active duty servicemembers (through the Military Lending Act, which caps interest rates on loans at 36%) to all consumers.

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National Legislation

S 1116: Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibly (BROWSER) Act

Sponsor: Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on 2019-04-10
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s1116

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The BOWSER Act is an insufficient consumer privacy bill that places the burden of protecting their online data on consumers (rather than the corporations collecting it). It offers no protections for civil rights violations, nor does it enable states or individuals to take private action to enforce any data privacy…

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National Legislation

S 2968: Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act (COPRA)

Sponsor: Maria Cantwell (D-WA) on 2019-12-03
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s2968

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This bill would provide consumers with basic online data privacy rights, create the mechanisms by which government would ensure that corporations use consumer data appropriately, and allow the enforcement of any new rules.  

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National Legislation

S 2220: Open and Responsive Government Act

Sponsor: Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on 2019-07-23
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s2220

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If passed, this bill would ensure that watchdog organizations, the media and the public retain access to vital information of public interest that they’ve historically been able to obtain through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).