Wednesday, March 14, 2012

MEDIA ALERT: Reportedly unregistered lobbyist pressures Senate committee to reconsider bill that hurts Arizona families and economy

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Debbie McCune Davis, D-Phoenix (District 14), filed a complaint with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office after an apparently unregistered lobbyist pressured a Senate committee to support a bill that could empower out-of-state debt collectors to force Arizona citizens to repay debts they have already paid.

On Tuesday, the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee voted down HB 2664. Shortly after the vote, the committee reconsidered and passed the bill with a vote of 4-2. McCune Davis, who opposes this bill because it weakens state consumer protection laws, believes that committee members may have been influenced by the comments of an unregistered lobbyist.

Arizona law states that any person actively lobbying at the legislature must register with the Secretary of State to promote transparency. The committee was lobbied by a man, who claimed to represent the Arizona Creditor Bar Association, but is not included on the state’s list of registered lobbyists.

“This is bad form on the part of an apparently unregistered lobbyist that supported bad legislation,” McCune Davis said. “This bill, which will hurt Arizona families and will benefit out-of-state debt buyers, is now one step closer to becoming law. It is shameful.”

The bill will go to the full Senate for consideration. To check the status of the bill go to http://www.azleg.gov/Bills.asp or for more information call (602) 926-5848.

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