Senate President Stephen Sweeney
Deputy Speaker John Burzichelli
Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro

Consumer Affairs

Protecting Consumers and Preventing Fraud

  • Highlighting a need for better consumer protection, Assemblyman Burzichelli championed legislation that prohibits rental car agencies from both selling and leasing vehicles subject to a recall unless and until they are repaired.  Consumers should be able to rent a vehicle without worrying about safety issues that should have already been repaired. The bill passed the Assembly and now moves to the Senate for consideration.

  • 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.