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.
Democratic Research Aide: Gary R. Williams
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Benson, Moriarty & Wisniewski Bill to Help Prevent Consumers from Getting Roped Into Endless Contracts Clears Assembly PanelA consumer protection measure sponsored by Assembly Democrats Dan Benson, Paul Moriarty and John Wisniewski was recently advanced in the Assembly, moving New Jersey closer to requiring notification to customers when a contract is to be automatically renewed.
"So many highly-used services out there today include automatic renewal clauses in their contracts," said Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex). "In an era of paperless billing and automatic charges to credit cards or bank accounts, consumers often get roped into extended and costly contracts. By requiring these terms to be clearly displayed and advance notice before renewal, this bill will give consumers the opportunity to make more informed choices for themselves."
Pinkin Bill to Stop Unwanted, Unsolicited Telemarketing Calls to Residents' Cell Phones Cleared by Assembly PanelLegislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin to prohibit unsolicited telemarketing sales calls to commercial mobile service devices was recently approved by the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee.
Currently, the national "no call list" law prohibits all telemarketing sales calls from being made to cell phones, except that a cell phone service provider may call its own customers.
"The statewide "no call list" has helped to end intrusive telemarketing calls to New Jersey homes," said Pinkin (D-Middlesex). "The law must be expanded to stop telemarketing companies from now targeting residents' cell phones."
Burzichelli Bill Prohibiting Rental and Sale of Motor Vehicles Subject to Safety Recalls Advances in the Assembly(TRENTON) - Legislation Assemblyman John J. Burzichelli sponsored to make it illegal for rental companies to rent, lease or sell unrepaired motor vehicles that are subject to safety recall was recently approved by an Assembly panel.
"Consumers have certain expectations when they rent a car - that it's safe and in good operating condition," said Burzichelli (D-Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem). "Unfortunately, since rental companies aren't required to pull recalled cars from their active fleets until the vehicles are fixed, consumers can instead be unwittingly subjected to a dangerous game of rental car Russian roulette."
Current federal law prohibits car dealers from both selling and leasing vehicles subject to a recall unless and until they are repaired.