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S 1389: Loan Shark Prevention Act

Sponsor: Bernie Sanders [D-VT] on 2019-05-19
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s1389

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This bill would protect consumers burdened with exorbitant interest rates on credit cards, payday and other loans by imposing a 15% federal cap.

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S 1826: DO NOT Call Act

Sponsor: Catherine Cortez Masto [D-NV] on 2019-06-13
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s1826

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This legislation would strengthen the penalties for telemarketers, scammers and others who violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1993 (TCPA). Initiating a robocall without the consent of the individual being called is outlawed under the TCPA.

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HR 2683: Unsubscribe Act of 2019

Sponsor: Mark Takano [D-CA] on 2019-05-10
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr2683

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The Unsubscribe Act would protect consumers from misleading online marketing that traps them in costly automatic monthly shipments known as a negative-option offers. This bill would force companies to get consumers' explicit permission before charging them.

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HR 1500: Consumers First Act

Sponsor: Maxine Waters [D-CA] on 2019-03-05
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr1500

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This bill would ensure that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is able to fulfill its statutory mission to put consumers first, by restoring and protecting its supervisory and enforcement powers.

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S 867: PROTECT Students Act of 2019

Sponsor: Margaret “Maggie” Hassan [D-NH] on 2019-03-26
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s867

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A bill to improve oversight and accountability of institutions of higher education (particularly for-profit colleges) and protect students and borrowers by codifying the gainful employment and borrower defense rules.

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S 888: Understanding the True Cost of College Act

Sponsor: Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-OH] on 2019-03-29
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s888

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This bill offers commonsense solutions to create consistency and clarity in financial aid communications (offer letters) to students, particularly with regards to the amount and type of aid offered and the obligations associated with said aid.

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S1178: Safety is Not for Sale Act

Sponsor: Edward Markey (D-MA) on 2019-04-11
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s1178

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A bill to require aircraft manufacturers to offer or provide non-required safety enhancing equipment of an aircraft without additional charge to an air carrier.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.