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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2887         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3207

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Tom Sannicandro

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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 resolution:

Resolutions to protect consumers and enforce the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2887        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3207

By Mr. Sannicandro of Ashland, a petition (accompanied by resolution, House, No. 3207) of Tom Sannicandro and Elizabeth A. Malia memorializing the President of the United States and Congress to require consumer reporting agencies to meet the standards of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.  Veterans and Federal Affairs. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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Resolutions to protect consumers and enforce the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

 

              Whereas, the credit history of an individual plays a critical role in their economic health and well-being and controls an individual’s ability to own or rent a home, buy a car, obtain insurance, obtain fairly priced credit and gain employment;

              Whereas, the credit reporting system is riddled with errors and inaccuracies adversely affecting millions of Americans with studies showing that 3% to 25% of the over $200 million credit files contain serious errors;

              Whereas, the Congress passed the Fair Credit Reporting Act in order to protect consumers when dealing with credit reporting agencies;

              Whereas, the Fair Credit Reporting Act requires credit reporting agencies and furnishers to conduct reasonable investigation when a consumer disputes an entry on their credit report and adopt reasonable procedures to ensure accuracy;

              Whereas, Massachusetts general laws require consumer reporting agencies to conduct reasonable investigations when a consumer disputes an entry on their credit report;

              Whereas, credit reporting agencies have failed to meet the standards of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and Massachusetts statute in maintaining accurate credit history and in resolving disputes by adopting a highly automated, computer-driven system that precludes any real investigation;

              Whereas, the failure of credit reporting agencies to meet their duties under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and Massachusetts statute leaves consumers powerless to address debilitating errors on their credit history and causes substantial harm to consumers;

              Whereas, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is the oversight entity for consumer reporting agencies and has the ability to supervise consumer reporting agencies, review their policies and procedures, and take action to require reform; therefore be it

              Resolved, that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts calls upon the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to take swift and substantial action to require consumer reporting agencies to meet the standards of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, adopt strict data match and other procedures to ensure the accuracy of credit reports and conduct substantive investigations to resolve disputes; and be it further

              Resolved, that a copy of these resolutions by forwarded by the Clerks of the House of Representatives and Senate to the President of the United States, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and to members of each branch of Congress from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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