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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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.

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Diegnan, Moriarty, Eustace & Stender Bill to Ban Production and Sale of Microbead Cosmetic Products in N.J. Gets Final Legislative Approval

Asm. Pat Diegnan Legislation Assembly Democrats Patrick Diegnan, Paul Moriarty, Tim Eustace and Linda Stender sponsored to address the growing environmental concerns over beauty products containing microbeads was approved Thursday by the Senate, giving it final legislative approval.

"I applaud the companies who have recognized the ill effects that polyethylene microspheres have on the environment and stand with us as we take steps to curb its use," said Diegnan (D-Middlesex). "By banning these products, we are preserving New Jersey's environmental heritage and protecting marine life..."

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Singleton, Caputo, Jasey, Lagana, Quijano Bill to Strengthen Consumer Protections against Security Breaches Clears First Legislative Hurdle

(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel on Thursday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Ralph Caputo, Mila Jasey, Joseph Lagana and Annette Quijano to ensure that consumers are informed of security breaches made to their account.

Between 2005 and 2014, there have been 4,695 breaches exposing 633 million records, according to the nonprofit Identity Theft Resource Center. The average cost of a breach to an organization is estimated at $3.5 million.

"Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the country," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "What we have learned from the recent security breaches at major retailers is that they can happen to anywhere and to virtually any company, large or small. It is essential for consumers to be kept informed of data breaches so that they can take the necessary steps to protect their information."

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Gusciora, Lagana Legislation to Exempt Businesses from Courts Fees in Fraudulent Lawsuits Advances in Assembly

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Reed Gusciora and Joseph Lagana to eliminate the award of attorney's fees, filing fees, and costs of suit in cases of technical violations under the Consumer Fraud Act was released by an Assembly panel on Thursday.

"Right now, companies must still pay counsel fees and all costs of a lawsuit against them even if they won the case," said Gusciora (D- Mercer, Hunterdon). "The legislation provides relief for first time violations where every intention was made to follow the rules of the Consumer Fraud Act and this effort is recognized by the court."

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More Higher Education Reform, Protecting Greenhouse Gas Reduction Rules, Withdrawing from Waterfront Commission, Increased Property Tax Appeal Transparency & Drug Treatment for Inmates Top Thursday Assembly Committee Meetings

Film & Digital Media Tax Credit, Combating Overdoses, Helping Biz Make Energy Improvements, Securing Personal Health Info, Expediting Vacant Building Maintenance & Modernized Corporate Laws Also on Tap

More higher education reform, protecting New Jersey's greenhouse gas reduction regulations, withdrawing New Jersey from the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, expanding the state's film and digital media production tax credit program, increasing transparency for appealing property tax assessments and improving drug treatment for inmates are among the highlights for Thursday's Assembly committee meetings...

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