AFSA SGA Moves Florida Auto-Fraud Reform Across Finish Line June 27, 2019

Under existing law, a towing service or repair shop could hold a vehicle for at least 30 days and even claim another lien against the vehicle due to nonpayment for services. During this period, the service provider is required to notify all owners and lienholders of the amount due and may eventually hold a public auction for the sale of the vehicle following publication of a notice of sale. This process has been abused for many years through fraudulent liens on customer’s vehicles, and selling vehicles without properly notifying the lienholder. 

FTC PrivacyCon Features Presentation on Privacy Practice Assessments June 27, 2019

  The methodology to review and evaluate the privacy practices of third parties has potential implications for financial institutions.  In particular, financial institutions are required to perform assessments of third-party service providers for their ability to comply with applicable laws and regulations.  A means of determining and reporting on the relative strength or weakness of a company’s privacy practices would be an important component in selecting and managing third-party service providers.

Bipartisan Robocall Legislation Advances to Full House Energy and Commerce Committee June 26, 2019

This week, the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology advanced the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR) . The bill is intended to prevent unwanted robocalls, but could be problematic for legitimate businesses. The bill could be marked up in the full committee as early as July.

AFSA Supports Bipartisan Legislation to Delay & Study CECL June 20, 2019

AFSA has offered its support for H.R. 3182, legislation introduced by Representatives Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX), Ted Budd (R-NC) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers, to delay the implementation of the Federal Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB) Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) standard until the Security and Exchange Commission conducts a quantitative impact study. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced a companion bill in the Senate in May. The CECL standard would significantly change accounting practices by requiring financial institutions to recognize and reserve for expected credit losses over the life of the loan.

AFSA Comments on New York Legislation Removing Early Lease Termination Liability in the Event of Death June 20, 2019

On June 20, AFSA submitted a comment letter to the New York legislature raising concerns about AB 2078 and its companion SB 4019, which would remove liability for the early termination of a lease in the event of a lessee’s death. The bills are on the calendar for consideration on the Assembly floor on the final day of the session before the legislature recesses for the year.