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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This bill aims to prevent disability insurance companies from using an outdated and discriminatory insurance underwriting law that allows insurers to refuse life and disability income insurance applications for HIV-positive individuals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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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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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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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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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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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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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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AB 1366: VOIP phone users deserve basic protections (California)

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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AB 1163: Right to Repair Act (California)

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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SB 378: Inheritance tax (California)

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 would 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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AB 1340: Gainful employment standards (California)

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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SB 248: Increase renters’ tax credit (California)

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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SB 616: Protect low-income bank customers from debt collectors (California)

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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