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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2912        FILED ON: 1/9/2009

HOUSE  .   .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 244

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Robert F. Fennell

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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 passage of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to requiring photo identification for credit card purchases.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Robert F. Fennell

10th Essex

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

David B. Sullivan

6th Bristol

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Jennifer M. Callahan

18th Worcester

Kathi -Anne Reinstein

16th Suffolk

Michael F. Rush

10th Suffolk

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex


[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 235 OF 2007-2008.]

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand and Nine

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An Act relative to requiring photo identification for credit card purchases.


 

              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. Chapter 266 of the Genera l Laws, as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after Section 147 the following section: -

Section 148.    Any person, firm, partnership, association or corporation which accepts credit cards used for credit card transactions betw een the cardholder and seller shall require the cardholder to present two forms of identification, one of which shall be the credit card being used and at least one of which shall include a photograph of the person presenting such identification.

The prese ntation of photo identification shall only be used as a visual confirmation of the identity of the person presenting the credit card as the cardholder or as an intended user of the credit

card expressly authorized by the cardholder to use the credit card.

Any person, firm, partnership, association or corporation which accepts credit cards used for credit card transactions between the cardholder and seller shall be required to post a sign with dimensions no less than twelve inches by eighteen inches informin g credit card users that two forms of identification are required for use of any credit card, including one form which shall provide a photograph of the credit card user.  All signs shall be prominently displayed in a clearly visible area near the cash reg ister.

If a person, firm, partnership, association or corporation fails to ask for the cardholder’s photo identification at the time of purchase,  and it is later determined that those purchases were made with a stolen credit card, the person, firm, partn ership, association or corporation shall be held liable for those purchases.

Any person, firm, partnership, association or corporation which owns a business and fails to comply with the requirements of this section shall be assessed a civil penalty not t o exceed one hundred dollars for a first violation and two hundred dollars for a second or any subsequent violation.  It shall be a defense to the imposition of any such civil penalty if the person, firm, partnership, association or corporation posted a si gn as required by this section and such sign was removed or defaced by vandals, provided the person, firm, partnership, association or corporation subsequently complies with the provisions of this section.   Further, a person, firm, partnership, associatio n or corporation shall not be found liable for failing to comply with the requirements of this section upon the demonstration, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the person, firm, association, or corporation maintained reasonable procedures to comply with this section, and the violation occurred as the result of a bona fide error by an employee.

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