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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: March 5, 2013 10:13 AM
From: Senator Matt Smith
To: All Senate members
Subject: Manufacturer and Retailer Consumer Product Rebates Legislation

In the near future I intend to introduce legislation to amend Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) to prohibit deception related to rebates for consumer goods.

My proposal would prohibit retailers or manufacturers from advertising the availability of a rebate by displaying an items net price, the amount the consumer would pay after the redemption of the rebate. Additionally, this legislation would require the retailer or manufacturer to mail or electronically pay the amount of the rebate to the consumer within the time period promised in the offer or no later than 30 days after the completed rebate request was received.

Some manufacturers and retailers have found ways to delay rebate payments and make the rebate mailing instructions and requirements too complex; and therefore, easy to reject. Please join me in preventing any attempts to mislead consumers, and fighting to ensure that rebates are offered in a manner that saves Pennsylvanians money.

Introduced as SB1048