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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: December 2, 2022 02:59 PM
From: Representative Joe Ciresi
To: All House members
Subject: Click to Cancel and Consumer Protections for Recurring Subscriptions
 
Too often, online contracts can automatically renew without the subscriber being notified or even aware. This can lead to consumers paying for a subscription they no longer want or might not remember they have. To make matters worse, some subscription services require consumers to jump through hoops just to cancel their subscription, such as forcing them to call or speak to an online representative before they can end the service.

Subscriptions should be transparent and easy to understand. Consumers should be made aware of their active subscriptions and be able to cancel them as easily as they can begin a subscription. That is why I am re-introducing legislation that would amend the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Act to require companies to provide a notification before each automatic renewal, to be transparent about renewal terms, and to allow subscribers to cancel their subscription services exclusively online if they initially subscribed over the Internet.

It is time we provided greater transparency to consumers regarding their subscription services and empowered them to cancel subscriptions they no longer want with limited hassle. I ask that you join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.

Prior Co-Sponsors (HB 2511): CIRESI, HILL-EVANS, PARKER, McNEILL, MADDEN, HOHENSTEIN, SANCHEZ, BROOKS, BOBACK, SCHLOSSBERG, DELLOSO, DeLUCA, N. NELSON, MENTZER, NEILSON, D. WILLIAMS, WELBY, HENNESSEY, GUZMAN, WARREN, CEPHAS, GUENST, MALAGARI and THOMAS



Introduced as HB116