Rep. Vick’s consumer protection bills receive hearings

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Rep. Vick’s consumer protection bills receive hearings

Rep. Vick's consumer protection bills receive hearings

Low-profile lawmaker who sponsored no legislation last year sees thoughtful bills make progress in 2014

Rep. Brandon Vick
has introduced legislation which will benefit consumers statewide. Three consumer protection bills sponsored by Vick received public hearings this week and will be voted on soon.

“After getting through my first session, coming home and reconnecting with the communities in my district, I found areas where I could make a difference for people,” said Vick, R-Felida. “We shouldn't draft legislation just for the sake of introducing it. However, there are worthwhile changes which can be made to our laws for the public good.”

Vick's legislation to establish a five-year statute of limitations on the Department of Financial Institutions was heard on Jan. 21, and was voted out of House Business and Financial Services Committee yesterday. House Bill 2452 would require agencies to pool their intelligence about violations. The bill would help protect consumers when a problem arises by streamlining information-sharing at federal and state levels.

Vick also sponsored a bill to change lottery reporting requirements. This legislation is scheduled for a vote today, Jan. 23, in the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee. House Bill 2281 would obligate the director of the Washington State Lottery to report revenues annually and require the probability of winning to be more obvious on tickets and in advertising. Consumers will be able to see the odds of winning and their contribution to the state lottery income.

His final consumer protection bill will be voted on today in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. House Bill 2099 would extend the expiration day to submit data about timber purchases and allow small land owners to calculate their own taxes. The bill would help those in the forestry industry by making taxation predictable.


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