STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Today the Arizona Senate passed HB 2664 on reconsideration, after the same bill failed a Senate vote earlier this week. This bill empowers out-of-state debt collectors to force Arizona citizens to defend themselves against debts that were already paid, dismissed or forgiven.
Rep. Debbie McCune Davis, D-Phoenix (District 14), has been an opponent of this bill and said that passing legislation will jeopardize Arizona’s fragile economic recovery. The bill failed a Senate vote on Tuesday but Sen. Ron Gould, R-Lake Havasu City (District 3), switched his vote and asked for the bill to be reconsidered.
McCune Davis said that this bill will weaken consumer protection laws and is being supported by out-of-state special interest groups.
“The Senate failed the people of Arizona by giving into lobbyists and approving this bill. I urge Gov. Brewer to veto it when it arrives at her desk,” she said. “It benefits out-of-state debt buyers, companies that purchase and attempt to collect debt after it has gone into default. The lobbyists responsible for this legislation represent an unidentified credit card company and an organization that includes out-of-state debt collectors who do not represent the best interest of Arizona families.”
The Senate vote today was 17-13.