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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1583        FILED ON: 1/12/2009

HOUSE  .   .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 259

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Bradley H. Jones, Jr., George N. Peterson, Jr.

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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 the verification of consumers' identity prior to the issuance of a credit card.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Viriato Manuel deMacedo

1st Plymouth

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

George N. Peterson, Jr.

9th Worcester

Elizabeth Poirier

14th Bristol

F. Jay Barrows

1st Bristol

Paul K. Frost

7th Worcester

Susan Williams Gifford

2nd Plymouth

Bradford R. Hill

4th Essex

Richard J. Ross

9th Norfolk

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Robert S. Hargraves

1st Middlesex


[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 255 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 the verification of consumers' identity prior to the issuance of a credit card.


 

              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 15A of chapter 140D of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2004 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding at the end thereof the following paragraph:—

Any card issuer who receives an acceptance from a consumer residing in the commonwealth of an offer of credit by any application form or pre-approved written solicitation for an open-end credit plan mailed or distributed to such consumer in accordance with this section, whether such issuer is located within or without the commonwealth, that lists the address of the consumer accepting the offer as different from the address to which the offer was sent shall prior to issuing or directing issuances of the credit card, verify that the consumer accepting the offer is the same consumer to whom the offer was sent. For the purposes of this section, a card issuer shall be deemed to have verified that the consumer accepting the offer is the same consumer to whom the offer was sent if:

(1) A consumer responding at a telephone number appearing in a publicly available directory or database as the telephone number of the consumer to whom the solicitation was mailed identifies himself as the consumer to whom the solicitation was mailed and acknowledges the consumer’s acceptance of the solicitation; or

(2) A consumer presents the card issuer, including presentation by facsimile transmission or mail, the original or a copy of one or more documents, including a driver’s license, social security card, passport, or any other identification document issued by a state or federal governmental agency, that, on the face of the document or documents, appears to confirm such consumer’s identity as the consumer to whom a solicitation was mailed and the consumer acknowledges acceptance of the offer in question; or

(3) The solicitor verified, by any means adopted in federal regulations, that the consumer accepting the solicitation is the consumer to whom the solicitation was directed.

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