HB1397 (2020) Detail

Relative to the referral of debts for collection.


HB 1397 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2020 SESSION

20-2133

06/01

 

HOUSE BILL 1397

 

AN ACT relative to the referral of debts for collection.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Ulery, Hills. 37; Rep. True, Rock. 4

 

COMMITTEE: Commerce and Consumer Affairs

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires creditors to give affirmative notice to a consumer before bills for goods or services may be referred for collection.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

20-2133

06/01

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT relative to the referral of debts for collection.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  New Section; Unfair Collection Practices; Affirmative Notification Required.  Amend RSA 358-C by inserting after section 1 the following new section:

358-C:1-a  Affirmative Notification Required.  A creditor shall give a consumer affirmative notification 2 weeks prior to referral of any bill to collection.  In this chapter, "affirmative notification" means in-person contact by certified mail, telephone communication, or home visit, or posting of a notice of debt on a consumer's door in a solid envelope marked confidential and endorsed with the consumer's name.  No debt collector shall leave a message of debt on a recording device.  No debt collector shall discuss a debt with a third party, as described by the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), 15 U.S.C. section 1692c(b), other than a discussion initiated by the customer with a state agency.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

Links

HB1397 at GenCourtMobile
HB1397 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 12, 2020 House Hearing
March 3, 2020 House Exec Session

Bill Text Revisions

HB1397 Revision: 7041 Date: Dec. 2, 2019, 3:48 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Commerce and Consumer Affairs HJ 1 P. 20
Feb. 12, 2020 Public Hearing: 02/12/2020 10:00 am LOB 302
Feb. 24, 2020 Subcommittee Work Session: 02/24/2020 09:00 am LOB 302
March 3, 2020 Executive Session: 03/03/2020 10:30 am LOB 302
Committee Report: Refer for Interim Study (Vote 19-0; CC)
March 11, 2020 Committee Report: Refer for Interim Study for 03/11/2020 (Vote 19-0; CC) HC 10 P. 5
March 11, 2020 Removed from Consent (Rep. Sylvia) 03/11/2020
March 12, 2020 Refer for Interim Study: MA VV 03/12/2020