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Expand consumer access to electric vehicles in California

Date: Mon, August 24, 2020

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California Assembly Bill 326, the electric vehicle manufacturers membership program, will allow consumers access to electric vehicles through a membership directly with the car manufacturer, without the up-front costs, financing, credit requirements or long-term commitment required when purchasing traditional vehicles from an auto dealer.

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California Legislation

AB 326: Electric vehicle manufacturers membership program

Sponsor: Assembly Member Muratsuchi on March 19, 2019
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB326

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AB 326 will allow consumers access to electric vehicles through a membership directly with the car manufacturer, without the up-front costs, financing, credit requirements or long-term commitment required when purchasing traditional vehicles from an auto dealer.

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National Legislation

HR 7867: Healthy Flights Act of 2020

Sponsor: Peter DeFazio (D-OR) on 07/30/2020
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr7867

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The bill will impose a set of uniform requirements to keep passengers and airline and airport workers healthy and minimize transmission of the virus through the air transportation system. It also will produce  scientific research that could further inoculate the next generation of airplanes against transmission of deadly viruses like…

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National Legislation

HR 2650: Payment Choice Act of 2019

Sponsor: Donald M. Payne Jr. (D-NJ) on 2019-05-09
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 (1) refuse to accept U.S. cash for the goods or services, (2) post signs or notices stating that cash payment is unaccepted, or (3) charge a higher price to a customer who pays by cash.…

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National Legislation

S 4145: Payment Choice Act of 2020

Sponsor: Robert Menendez (D-NJ) on 2020-07-01
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s4145

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This bill makes it unlawful for a person selling goods or services at retail to (1) refuse to accept U.S. cash for the goods or services, (2) post signs or notices stating that cash payment is unaccepted, or (3) charge a higher price to a customer who pays by cash.

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California Legislation

SB 1255: Equal Insurance HIV Act

Sponsor: Lena Gonzalez (D-Long Beach) on 02/21/20
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200SB1255

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This bill aims to prevent disability insurance companies from using an outdated and discriminatory insurance underwriting law that allows insurers to refuse life and disability income insurance applications for HIV-positive individuals based solely on a positive HIV test.

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California Legislation

SB 898: College Savings Account Bankruptcy Exemption

Sponsor: Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) on 01/30/20
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200SB898

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This bill seeks to protect 529 college savings accounts from creditors should a family need to file for bankruptcy. Unlike retirement plans, ScholarShare accounts are not currently protected from creditor claims in California.

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California Legislation

SB 1196: Price Gouging

Sponsor: Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D-Santa Ana) on 02/20/20
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200SB1196

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SB 1196 will strengthen state law to protect consumers from price gouging of essential supplies during the current COVID-19 pandemic and future states of emergency.

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National Legislation

HR 5934: SCAM Debt Act

Sponsor: Rep. Suzanne Bonamici on 02-21-2020
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr5934

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Among other improvements to the debt collection process, this legislation would expand the information disclosures that are required in collectors' validation notices and require collectors to notify consumers of their intent to take legal action against them.

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National Legislation

S 3300: Data Protection Act of 2020

Sponsor: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on 02-13-2020
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s3300

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The Data Protection Act would create a data protection agency to address and govern how companies are using consumers' personal digital data, what third parties they're selling or sharing our data with, how they may be engaging in discriminatory or unlawful practices based on this data collection, and more.