MOORE-ACEVEDO-MENDOZA-O'CONNOR, DELGADO, MULLIGAN AND BRADLEY.
Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
Amends the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.
Replaces the provisions concerning retail transactions or negotiations
in a language other than English. Provides that if a person conducts
a retail transaction or negotiations related to a retail transaction
resulting in a written contract with a consumer in a language other
than English, then the retailer must have the consumer sign a form
that states whether the consumer used an interpreter other than the
retailer or an employee of the retailer in conducting the transaction
or negotiations. Allows the continued use of substantially similar
forms that were in use before January 1, 2002. Retains the provision
of current law that these provisions do not apply to credit card
transactions. (Current law requires a person conducting a retail
transaction or negotiations in a language other than English to give
the consumer an unexecuted copy of a contract or written agreement in
that other language before entering into the contract or agreement.)
SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1.
Makes the amendatory provisions applicable to retail transactions
or negotiations conducted in a language other than English (rather
than to retail transactions or negotiations resulting in a written
contract in a language other than English).
SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 2.
In provisions concerning circumstances in which a consumer uses
an interpreter other than the retailer or an employee of the retailer,
adds a form for the interpreter to state his or her name and other
information. Eliminates a requirement that an interpreter sign the
form signed by the consumer. Requires that the forms used in
connection with a retail transaction or negotiations in which the
retailer or an employee acts as interpreter be in the English language
if a language that cannot be written is used in the retail transaction
or negotiations. Makes other changes.
Last action on Bill: PUBLIC ACT.............................. 92-0478
Last action date: AUG-23-2001
Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE - 0 SENATE - 2
END OF INQUIRY
Full Text Bill Status