During the 2012-2013 session, Jamie filed the following pieces of legislation to increase protections for consumers:
Massachusetts car buyers are currently being charged so-called “document preparation” fees that can range as high as $400 for processing paperwork and storage of documents. In February, the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation conducted a state-wide survey, finding that 70% of the car dealers it surveyed charged these fees, and that the reasons given for the fees appeared to be questionable. Generally “document preparation” fees are not revealed until the final stages of a negotiation over the price of an automobile. This bill will allow a car dealer to charge one “Document Preparation Service Fee” associated with all preparation and processing of all documents related to the sale. This bill will prohibit the dealer from representing that the fee is a governmental fee or is one required by the government and will cap the total Document Preparation Service Fee at $75.
An Act reforming the issuance and sale of sports and entertainment tickets
This bill will ensure that a consumer who purchases a sports or entertainment ticket must be given the option of receiving a paper ticket that the consumer can transfer at any price, and at any time, and without additional fees.
The Massachusetts Financial Information Privacy Act, modeled after California’s strongest-in-the-nation consumer financial privacy law, gives consumers control over their nonpublic financial information. This bill will require financial institutions to get consumers’ permission (“opt-in”) before sharing consumer nonpublic financial information with outside companies, and to notify consumers and give them the opportunity to halt information-sharing (“opt-out”) with affiliate companies.