H.R. 5502 (111th): To amend the effective date of the gift card provisions of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and ...

...Disclosure Act of 2009.

111th Congress, 2009–2010. Text as of Jun 10, 2010 (Introduced).

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111th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5502

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 10, 2010

(for himself, Mrs. Maloney, and Mrs. McCarthy of New York) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services

A BILL

To amend the effective date of the gift card provisions of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009.

1.

Delay of effective date

Title IV of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act, is amended by striking section 403 and inserting the following:

403.

Effective date

(a)

In General

Except as provided under subsection (b) of this section, this title and the amendments made by this title shall become effective 15 months after the date of enactment of this Act.

(b)

Exception

(1)

In general

In the case of a gift certificate, store gift card, or general-use prepaid card that was produced prior to April 1, 2010, the effective date of the disclosure requirements described in sections 915(b)(3) and (c)(2)(B) of the Electronic Funds Transfer Act shall be January 31, 2011, provided that an issuer of such a certificate or card shall—

(A)

comply with paragraphs (1) and (2) of section 915(b) of such Act;

(B)

consider any such certificate or card for which funds expire to have no expiration date with respect to the underlying funds;

(C)

at a consumer’s request, replace such certificate or card that has funds remaining at no cost to the consumer; and

(D)

comply with the disclosure requirements of paragraph (2) of this subsection.

(2)

Disclosure requirements

The disclosure requirements of this subsection are met by providing notice to consumers, via in-store signage, messages during customer service calls, Web sites, and general advertising, that—

(A)

any such certificate or card for which funds expire shall be deemed to have no expiration date with respect to the underlying funds;

(B)

consumers holding such certificate or card shall have a right to a free replacement certificate or card that includes the packaging and materials, typically associated with such a certificate or card; and

(C)

any dormancy fee, inactivity fee, or service fee for such certificates or cards that might otherwise be charged shall not be charged if such fees do not comply with section 915 of the Electronic Funds Transfer Act.

(3)

Period for disclosure requirements

The notice requirements in paragraph (2) of this subsection shall continue until January 31, 2013.

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