IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 29, 2010
Mr. Tester (for himself, Mr. Bennett, Mr. Bayh, and Mr. Vitter) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
To amend the effective date of the gift card provisions of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009.
Delay of effective date
Title IV of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 (Public Law 111–24) is amended by striking section 403 and inserting the following:
Except as provided under subsection (b), this title and the amendments made by this title shall become effective 15 months after the date of enactment of this Act.
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—
comply with paragraphs (1) and (2) of section 915(b) of such Act;
consider any such certificate or card for which funds expire to have no expiration date with respect to the underlying funds;
at a consumer’s request, replace such certificate or card that has funds remaining at no cost to the consumer; and
comply with the disclosure requirements of paragraph (2) of this subsection.
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—
any such certificate or card for which funds expire shall be deemed to have no expiration date with respect to the underlying funds;
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
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.
Period for disclosure requirements
The notice requirements in paragraph (2) shall continue until January 31, 2013.