Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Tea Party legislators pass bill that will hurt Arizonans and the economy

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Tea Party lawmakers in the House of Representatives approved HB 2664 on Tuesday. This bill could empower out-of-state debt collectors to force Arizona citizens to repay debts they have already paid or that have been dismissed or forgiven.

Rep. Debbie McCune Davis, D-Phoenix (District 14), said that this legislation targets families who are struggling financially.

“This is bad legislation that will weaken consumer protection laws when other states are strengthening these laws,” McCune Davis said. “It benefits out-of-state debt buyers, companies that purchase and attempt to collect debt after it has gone into default.”

HB 2664 passed the House Tuesday by a vote of 33-26, and now goes to the Senate for consideration.

“This is an industry rife with abuse and this legislation will make it worse,” McCune Davis said. “I hope that my colleagues in the Senate will understand the damage this bill will do for the economy and for families.”

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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