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National Action

Tell the CFPB: Don’t throw us to the (loan) sharks!

Date: Thu, February 21, 2019

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) leadership, under the pro-business administration, has announced plans to gut a long-awaited, commonsense rule mandating that payday, auto title and other predatory lenders check that borrowers can actually repay the loans before they are issued. Tell the CFPB: Don't throw us to the sharks!

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California Legislation

Oppose AB 1366: VOIP phone users deserve basic protections

Sponsor: Lorena Gonzalez on 2019-2-22

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AB 1366 seekd to extend a loophole allowing IP-enabled services like VOIP from state regulation. All voice providers that offer the public the vital link to 9-1-1 must once again be required to provide reliable service and consumer protections, and this bill should be opposed.

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National Action

End annoying robocall harassment!

Date: Thu, April 04, 2019

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The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act (S.151) would help stop annoying scam robocalls before they reach you, and make it easier to find and prosecute the scammers.

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National Legislation

S.151: TRACED Act

Sponsor: John Thune [R-SD] on 2019-01-16
https://consumeraction.salsalabs.org/stop-annoying-robocalls

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26 billion robocalls were placed last year. This bipartisan bill would help stop annoying scam robocalls before they reach you, and make it easier to find and prosecute the scammers.

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California Legislation

AB 1163: Right to Repair Act: Give consumers the right to have their devices repaired

Sponsor: Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman on 2019-02-21

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AB 1163, the "Right to Repair Act," would provide consumers with the right to have their electronic devices repaired. By requiring device manufacturers to provide access to diagnostic guides and repair parts, this bill would help prolong the lifespan of electronic devices and save consumers money. In turn, fewer discarded electronics would…

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California Legislation

SB 378: Estate tax

Sponsor: Scott Wiener on 2019-03-25

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SB 378 would allow voters to decide whether to reestablish a state inhertance tax. The first $3.5 million of inherited wealth wouls be excluded. To ensure that the inheritance taxes collected would not be misused, they would be placed in the Children's Wealth and Opportunity Building Fund. This fund would…

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California Legislation

AB 1340: Bring back “Gainful employment” standards

Sponsor: Assemblymember David Chiu on 2019-02-22

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AB 1340 would establish “gainful employment” protections at the state level for students who attend for-profit schools. Students attending for-profit vocational schools have higher dropout rates, higher student loan balances, and default more frequently on their loans compared to those who attend public or non-profit schools. By comparing student debt to…

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California Legislation

SB 248: Increase the state renters’ tax credit

Sponsor: Senator Steve Glazer on 2019-02-11

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SB 248 would increase the state renters’ credit to a maximum of $220 for individuals, or $440 for spouses who file jointly. The renters’ tax credit has not been adjusted since 1979. Although the average rent has more than tripled since then, the credit has remained at $60. Had the $60 credit been adjusted…

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California Legislation

SB 616: Protect the bank accounts of low-income Californians from debt collectors

Sponsor: Senator Bob Wieckowski on 2019-02-22

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SB 616 would protect low-income Californians from debt collectors attempting to empty their bank accounts. By preventing collectors from taking the last $2,000 from an individual’s account, the bill would help judgment debtors maintain the ability to provide basic necessities for their households.

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National Legislation

H.R. 1516: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose a tax on certain trading transactions.

Sponsor: Peter A. DeFazio [D-OR] on 2019-03-05
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr1516

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The House bill aims to create a new progressive tax on financial transactions that would generate billions in revenue, while addressing economic inequality and reducing high risk and volatility in the market.