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 and Assemblywoman Riley are also sponsors 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.
Holding Telecommunication Service Providers Accountable
- In response to telecommunication issues from residents in rural areas, Assemblywoman Riley sponsored legislation that would require telecommunications companies to provide prorated refunds for service outages of periods longer than 24 hours.