Assembly Consumer Affairs

The Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee is charged with protecting consumer rights in New Jersey, particularly issues such as safeguarding against identity theft, restricting telemarketing, and protecting cell phone and calling card consumers against fraud.
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Assembly Approves Moriarty, Coughlin & Mukherji Bill Requiring Advance Notice Prior to Remote Disabling of Automobiles

The Assembly on Wednesday signed off on recommendations contained in the Governor's recent conditional veto of legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Paul Moriarty, Craig Coughlin and Raj Mukherji that would require sufficient warning before a consumer's vehicle is disabled remotely for failure to make a payment.

The bill (A-756), which was originally approved by the Assembly in April, was sent back to the legislature on Friday with several recommendations altering various provisions, but maintaining the key priorities that consumers receive ample warning and vehicles may not be turned off while in use.

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Moriarty, Jimenez & Pintor Marin Pro-Consumer Bill to Inform Used Car Buyers of Auto Recalls Gains Assembly Approval

Asm. Paul Moriarty Pro-consumer legislation Assembly Democrats Paul Moriarty, Angelica Jimenez and Eliana Pintor Marin sponsored that would require auto dealers to provide information to a potential buyer of a used motor vehicle with an outstanding recall gained approval from the General Assembly on Wednesday.

"Buyers should be informed of motor vehicle recalls before a purchase is made," said Moriarty (D-Camden/Gloucester). "Recalled vehicles sold unwittingly to consumers pose a safety risk. Whether the vehicle has been recalled is critical information for families to know before buying."

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Benson, Quijano & Prieto Bill Calling on USDA to Repost Animal Welfare Data on its Website Clears Assembly

Sponsors say information purge endangers animals, harms consumers and hinders transparency
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Dan Benson, Annette Quijano and Speaker Vincent Prieto urging the United States Department of Agriculture to restore deleted animal welfare records on its website was approved Wednesday by the General Assembly.

The USDA removed the information from its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHS) website earlier this month. Before the purge, the USDA posted violations, inspection records and annual reports for all commercial animal facilities in the nation, and complaints from members of the public against specific individuals or organizations. According to the resolution, this information has been an invaluable tool for government officials and advocates seeking to protect animal welfare.

"This data serves a real purpose. It keeps breeders in check and consumers informed. Denying the public easy access to this information takes away important oversight and puts animals in danger..." said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex)

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