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National Legislation

S. 564: HANGUP Act

Sponsor: Edward J. Markey [D-MA] on 2017-03-08
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s564

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The HANGUP Act repeals part of the 2015 Budget Bill that allow collectors of debt owed to or guaranteed by the United States to make robodialed and prerecorded calls and texts to cell phones without consent. It impacts those with student loans, mortgages, veterans loans, farming loans, etc.

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National Action

Defend the CFPB’s consumer complaint database

Date: Thu, May 31, 2018

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It is the mission of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to protect and inform consumers to make financial markets more fair, accountable and transparent. So WHY is the acting director threatening to close public access to the complaint database? We need this valuable complaint tool to inform us and hold companies accountable.

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National Action

Protect your online privacy!

Date: Wed, May 16, 2018

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Congress has proposed the CONSENT Act to require companies to get your consent to use, share or sell your personal information.

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National Action

A terrible agenda for student loan borrowers

Date: Wed, May 16, 2018

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For the first time since 2008, Congress is preparing to rewrite the Higher Education Act (HEA). An associated legislative proposal, the PROSPER Act, would cut $58 billion from student aid, open the door to selling student loans to Wall Street and eliminate the few accountability measures we have over predatory for-profit schools.

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National Legislation

S.J.Res. 57: A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5

Sponsor: Jerry Moran [R-NE] on 2017-01-05
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/sjres57#

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This bill intends to block federal action against discrimination in auto lending. Discrimination in auto lending continues to extract billions of dollars a year in extra loan payments from borrowers of color; Congress should be taking action to end this injustice, not interfering with efforts to enforce fair lending laws.

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National Legislation

S. 1989: Honest Ads Act

Sponsor: Amy Klobuchar [D-MN] on 2017-10-19
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s1989

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The Honest Ads Act would close that gaping loophole by requiring the same disclosure and transparency in online campaign ads -- like those that appear on Facebook -- that we already have in television and radio ads.

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California Legislation

AB 2110: Electronics: Right to Repair Act

Sponsor: Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton on 02/08/18
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB2110

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By requiring electronic device manufacturers to provide access to diagnostic guides and repair parts, The Right to Repair Act will help prolong the lifespan of electronic devices, saving consumers money and protecting the environment.

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California Legislation

AB 2731: Closing the federal ‘carried interest’ loophole

Sponsor: Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson, D-Carson on 02/15/18
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB2731

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Addresses a federal tax loophole that costs California billions of dollars every year and allows hedge fund managers who pay a lower federal tax rates than salaried workers. Would impose a state tax of 17% on the carried interest portion of taxable income.
 

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California Legislation

SB 822: California Net Neutrality

Sponsor: Senator Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco on 01/03/18
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB822

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Would maintain net neutrality standards at California state level by limiting the practice of providing subsidized Internet access ("zero rating") as well as preventing ISPs from throttling users or blocking websites within California.

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California Legislation

SB 1182: California Renter’s Credit Increase

Sponsor: Senator Steve Glazer, D-Orinda on 02/14/18
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB1182

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Proposes doubling the state renters’ tax credit to $120 for individuals and $240 for couples.

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