Category Archives: Legislative Updates

No COVID-19 Immunity for Law-Breaking Businesses

Big business is urging the governor to suspend a host of laws protecting consumers, workers and the environment under the guise of COVID-19 financial relief. Average Californians are suffering from the effects of the pandemic but we still must obey the law. The same is true for … Read More ›

Create a State Consumer Financial Protection Agency

CFC and other consumer groups are urging the legislature to support the establishment of state Department of Financial Protection and Innovation to help fill the gap created by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s abandonment of its job. Read the coalition letterSan Francisco Chronicle EditorialLos Angeles Times … Read More ›

CFC Urges Regulation of For-Profit Colleges

Private For-profit colleges charge a fortune for low quality education that too often leaves students and graduates deeply in debt and lacking the skills needed to get living wage jobs. State oversight has been lax. CFC and student advocates are calling on lawmakers to put some teeth … Read More ›

Protect Nursing Home Patients

CFC and a coalition of advocates for nursing home patients are urging lawmakers to reform the state’s system of oversight and payment for skilled nursing homes. COVID-19 has added urgency to the call to strengthen patient protection and oversight of this industry. Read the coalition letter

Stopping Phone Spoofing

Assembly Bill 1132 (Gabriel) Becomes Law! Prohibits impersonating a government agency phone number December 2019 update A new CFC-sponsored law, AB 1132 (Gabriel) makes it unlawful in California to use caller ID information to impersonate a state, federal or local government agency phone. Your caller ID shows … Read More ›

Broad coalition supports the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act (AB 495)

CFC joins Environmental Working Group, Black Women for Wellness, Sierra Club California, Breast Cancer Action, Clean Water Action, and many others in support of AB 495 (Muratsuchi/Wicks). The bill will prohibit cosmetics containing one or more of 20 highly toxic chemicals (such as lead or asbestos) from … Read More ›

CFC supports the Issue Ad DISCLOSE Act (AB 1217)

Would require “issue ads” to disclose their donors in the same manner as ballot initiative ads and independent expenditure ads for candidates. For example, in 2018 a shadowy group known as CALInnovates purchased over 400 Facebook ads and targeted Twitter ads against SB 822 (Net Neutrality), with … Read More ›

CFC supports SB 645 (Monning)

SB 645 protects Californians who are suffering and dying from mesothelioma and silicosis from marathon depositions over seven hours that add physical and emotional stress to their final days. Learn more about SB 645 Read CFC’s letter of support to bill’s author Senator Bill Monning

CFC supports AB 1538 (Weber)

AB 1538 would clarify the right of a consumer to choose a cash payment in lieu of repairing a damaged vehicle under an auto insurance policy. Learn more about the bill Read CFC’s March 21 support letter to the Assembly Committee on Insurance

California bans toxic flame retardant chemicals in furniture

Consumers, firefighters, environmental and public health advocates overcome decade long resistance from chemical manufacturers Read More ›

CFC-sponsored garage safety law signed by Governor

Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 969, a new law designed to save lives in home fires. The Consumer Federation of California sponsored SB 969 by Senator Bill Dodd, which requires newly sold or installed electric garage door openers to be equipped with a battery backup to prevent people … Read More ›

CFC supports AB 3080 (Gonzalez Fletcher)

The Consumer Federation of California supports AB 3080 (Gonzalez Fletcher), which will prevent employers from requiring workers to sign waiver of rights agreements as a condition of employment. These rights include: (1) disclosing to any person an instance of sexual harassment that the employee or independent contractor … Read More ›

CFC supports The Parent’s Social Media Accountability and Child Protection Act

AB 2511, The Parent’s Social Media Accountability and Child Protection Act, would prohibit a business from soliciting or knowingly permitting a minor to consent on behalf of a parent or legal guardian, to use of the minor’s name, image or information on a social media website or … Read More ›

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