Bill to preempt states’ strong Made in USA standards defeated

S.118, sponsored by Senator Mike Lee, R-Ut., would have created a federal “Made in USA” labeling standard that was significantly weaker than the standards in several states. The legislation would’ve preempted and weakened stronger, state-level requirements, including California’s. Consumer Federation of California strongly opposes any attempts to … Read More ›

Driverless-car makers want Congress to free them from state safety standards

by Eliza Fawcett, Los Angeles Times

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Bipartisan legislation now moving through Congress could leave consumers at risk by preventing states from demanding tighter safety regulations. Read More ›

Critics say CFPB nominee Kathy Kraninger lacks experience

by Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times

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For director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, arguably the single-most-powerful financial regulator in Washington, the President has tapped a little-known White House aide with no apparent relevant experience in finance, banking regulation or consumer protection. Read More ›

California Consumer Privacy Act gains support in wake of GDPR

by Xavier Harding, Mic

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Though GDPR benefits consumers globally, internet users may not be able to rely on Europe to fight everyone’s privacy battles. The California proposal is different from GDPR in that it would require more transparency from companies on how consumers’ data is utilized and shared. Read More ›

Bill banning binding arbitration passes CA Assembly in face of strong opposition

by John Breslin, Northern California Record

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A bill barring employers from inserting binding arbitration clauses into contracts as a condition of employment has passed the California State Assembly. The bill, introduced in the face of strong opposition from pro-business organizations, passed the Assembly by a vote of 47-25. Read More ›

California Senate votes to restore net neutrality

by Makena Kelly, The Verge

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The California Senate voted on Wednesday to approve a bill that would reinstate the net neutrality regulations repealed by the Federal Communications Commission in December. Read More ›

Senate approves overturning FCC’s Net Neutrality repeal

by Bill Chappell, NPR

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The legislative victory is fleeting because the House does not intend to take similar action, but Democrats are planning to carry the political fight over Internet access into the 2018 midterms. Read More ›

Time runs out for Congress to upend payday lending rule

by Sarah O'Brien, CNBC

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Resolutions in both the Senate and House sought to kill the so-called payday rule, which aims to make sure consumers can afford to pay back these short-term, high-cost loans. Read More ›

Google knows what we do online and may soon know everything else about us, too

by Sam Harnet, KQED California Report

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We are shifting into the Internet of Things, where the internet is embedded in consumer products — stuff like televisions, lights, TVs and cars. All of these objects are untapped fountains of personal information, and personal information is the financial lifeblood of Google. Read More ›

New legislation could make it harder to tell how much your airline tickets cost

by Christopher Elliott, Savannah Now

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An old ticket-price tactic for airlines may make a surprise comeback, thanks to proposed legislation. This is the third time in five years that the airline industry and its surrogates in Congress have tried to jettison the full-fare advertising rule, formerly known as the Transparent Airfares Act. Read More ›

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