Protecting Consumers and Preventing Fraud
- A law sponsored by Senator Sweeney revised the “Contractors’ Registration Act” to require state-issued identification badges for home improvement contractors. The law is intended to help consumers avoid fraud, particularly in light of Hurricane Sandy. It requires a home improvement contractor to wear a state-issued identification badge whenever the contractor is performing, engaging, or attempting to engage, in selling home improvements.
- Assemblyman Burzichelli is a sponsor of the “Consumer Credit Fairness Act,” which would provide additional protections for consumers from being pursued by a debt collection agency.
- Assemblyman Burzichelli drafted a law that would create a one-stop shopping source for energy consumers, be they individuals or businesses, to obtain comparative information regarding the prices and services of the many electricity providers in the State. By giving New Jersey consumers the information they need to comparison shop for energy providers, this bill would allow consumers to save money by choosing the energy provider that best suits the needs of their home or business.
- In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, Assemblyman Burzichelli has introduced legislation that requires wholesalers, terminal facilities, motor fuel retail dealers, grocery stores, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and residential rehabilitation facilities to install appropriate wiring for use of generators during power outages.
- Assemblyman Taliaferro is sponsoring legislation which would increase the criminal offense for financial exploitation of the elderly. The measure would grade financial exploitation of the elderly one degree higher than an ordinary theft offense when the amount involved is $500 or less. Under the bill, theft involving an amount less than $500 would be a third degree offense which currently falls in the $500 to $75,000 range.