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TOP LEGISLATIVE ISSUES BEING
DISCUSSED IN STATES RIGHT NOW
COLORADO

OREGON:

INDIANA:

Data breaches

Mass dispute letter mills

CALIFORNIA:

FLORIDA: Assignment

Garnishment

COLORADO: Employment

verification; court fees

of consumer debts;
telephone solicitation
restrictions

MASSACHUSETTS:
Statute of limitations;
robocalls

MARYLAND:

Garnishment; licensing

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Early in the legislative session, the
Associated Collection Agencies Inc.
successfully fought legislation that would
have significantly limited garnishment
options in the state.
Additionally, the unit has been
working to pass H.B. 1057, which would
allow a judgment creditor access to the
Colorado Department of Labor records
for employment information only.
Portions of this legislation were signed
into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper on
May 29. The unit will continue to work
on the full legislation next session.
The unit is also supporting a revised
version of S.B. 56. The original legislation
was opposed by the unit due to its proposed
increase in court fees, however it is now
being reworked to propose a fairer tiered
filing fee system. This legislation also
remained in committee at press time.

The New England Collectors Association
actively opposes H.B. 2811, which aims
to shorten the statute of limitations on a
collection action from six years to four
years and does not reset the statute when a
payment is made on a charged off debt.
The unit is also fighting H.B. 201, which
would prohibit "robocalls" to all mobile
electronic devices. Both of these bills
received favorable reports from their original
committees of jurisdiction and at the time of
publication awaited further consideration by
the House Committee on Ways and Means.
In response to H.B. 201, the unit has
worked to introduce H.B. 2828. This
bill provides a near identical alternative
to the proposed "robocall ban," except
it provides a specific exemption for
"informational calls," which are made
by a party to whom the person receiving
the call has a pre-existing business
relationship. This bill received a favorable
committee report and sits in the Ways
and Means Committee.
The unit also worked closely with
the legislature in support of S.B. 2374,
a financial literacy bill. The legislation

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