What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : America's Poor : H.R. 1701. Rent-to-Own Contracts/Vote to Protect Consumers Against Loss and Damage to Rent-To-Own Merchandise Except In Cases of Intentional or Negligent Conduct. (2002 house Roll Call 393)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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H.R. 1701. Rent-to-Own Contracts/Vote to Protect Consumers Against Loss and Damage to Rent-To-Own Merchandise Except In Cases of Intentional or Negligent Conduct.
house Roll Call 393     Sep 18, 2002
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Current law provides rent-to-own companies great latitude in holding their customers liable for loss, damage, or destruction of property (consumers, for instance, could be held liable for fire damage even if they were not at fault in the fire). During debate on rent-to-own legislation, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) proposed a measure which would have prevented merchants from making consumers liable for damage except in cases of intentional or negligent conduct. Progressives supported the Waters amendment because, in their view, consumers should be protected against rent-to-own merchants for damage that was not their fault. The Waters proposal was defeated on a vote of 157-255.

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