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National Legislation

S 1816: Freedom from Equifax Exploitation Act

Sponsor: Elizabeth Warren [D-MAnull] on 2017-09-14
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s1816

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In light of the massive Equifax data breech that impacted the data privacy of 143 million Americans, the FREE Act would force credit-reporting firms to stop charging consumers to freeze their credit.

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National Legislation

S 1712: The SIMPLE Act

Sponsor: Ron Wyden [D-ORnull] on 2017-08-02
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s1712

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The SIMPLE Act eliminates unnecessary paperwork requirements for borrowers enrolled in income driven repayment plans and automatically connects struggling borrowers to the relief that is already available to them under the law. The result will be fewer people weighed down by unaffordable student loan payments and fewer people defaulting.

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National Legislation

HR 2359: Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) Liability Harmonization Act

Sponsor: Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) on 05/04/2017
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2359

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Would dramatically reduce consumer remedies for the worst credit reporting violations (would eliminate punitive damages in individual cases and reduce statutory damages in class actions).

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California Action

Pull back the curtain on prescription drug prices

Date: Tue, August 15, 2017

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A California state bill, SB 17, would require pharmaceutical companies to be upfront about their prescription drug pricing. It would require 60 days of advance notice before price hikes could take effect, and would require drug companies to provide information about the reasons for the increase.

Every year, Big Pharma raises prescription drug prices by about 10% per year without giving the public any justification or advance warning. If we can help SB 17 to pass, they will have to provide both.

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National Action

Don’t destroy my Consumer Financial Protection Bureau!

Date: Tue, July 18, 2017

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This week marks the sixth birthday of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Yet, some in Congress have marked the agency for dead. Let your Senators know that an attack on the CFPB is an attack on the people who put them in office.

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National Legislation

HR 469: Sunshine for Regulations and Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2017

Sponsor: Doug Collins (R-GA) on 2017-01-12
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr469

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The "Sunshine Act" is a direct attack on access to the courts and the regulatory system and undermines citizen enforcement of our laws. It impedes the resolution of consumer protection, anti-discrimination, environmental protection, and other important cases before our federal courts.

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California Action

Tell your California state senators that your privacy is not for sale

Date: Wed, July 12, 2017

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Broadband internet service providers want can sell information about you and your online activities without your consent. A state bill (AB 375) would prevent this—but it needs your help!

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California Legislation

AB 375: The California Broadband Internet Privacy Act

Sponsor: Assemblymember Ed Chau on 02/09/2017
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB375

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Limits what broadband providers (internet service providers, or ISPs) can do with customer data. The bill was crafted in response to the repeal of the Federal Communications Commission's 2016 internet privacy regulations by the Trump administration.

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California Legislation

AB 315: Pharmacy benefit management

Sponsor: Assemblymembers Jim Wood and Brian Dahle on 02/06/2017
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB315

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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.

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California Legislation

SB 33: Arbitration agreements

Sponsor: Senator Bill Dodd on 12/05/2016
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB33

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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.

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