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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 550         FILED ON: 1/13/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 276

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Elizabeth A. Poirier

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act providing security to consumers for purchases from certain vendors.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 550        FILED ON: 1/13/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 276

By Ms. Poirier of North Attleborough, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 276) of Elizabeth A. Poirier relative to providing consumers with protections from vendors providing retail sales or services in spaces other than fixed building sites.  Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 114 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act providing security to consumers for purchases from certain vendors.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. Section 8 of chapter 64H of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is herby amended by adding the following subsection:-

              (j) Every vendor providing retail sales or services in a booth, tent, table, kiosk, or other space that is not the vendor’s fixed building site, shall obtain a surety bond from a licensed insurance or surety company, guaranteeing repayment of a consumer’s purchase price in the event of a return by a consumer. The bond shall be written to provide surety for a period of 1 year from date of sublease or license issuance. Any landlord providing sublease space or a license to use any premises for such retail activity shall be provided a copy of said bond prior to issuing a sublease or license to use any portion of the premises for such activity and shall retain a copy of such bond for a period of one year following expiration of the bond. Any city or town authorizing the use of such non-fixed building site for retail sales or services shall be provided a copy of the above-described surety bond prior to issuing a vendor’s license and shall retain a copy for a period of one year following issuance Every vendor contemplated in this subsection shall display in a conspicuous site a copy of such bond. Every bond shall be written to guarantee a minimum return amount of up to $1000 for a single purchase. All other lawful rights and remedies shall remain available to any consumer affected by this subsection.

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