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H.R. 5013: Small Business Fair Debt Collection Protection Act

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To apply the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to small businesses to the same extent as such Act applies to consumers, to require the Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection to define "small business" for purposes of such Act, and for other purposes.

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Al Lawson

Sponsor. Representative for Florida's 5th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Nov 8, 2019
Length: 3 pages
Nov 8, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Ordered Reported on Nov 14, 2019

The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on November 14, 2019.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

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Rep. Al Lawsons Bill to Protect Small Businesses from Harassment by Debt Collectors Passes Committee
    — Rep. Al Lawson [D-FL5] (Sponsor) on Nov 15, 2019

Wyden Introduces Legislation to Protect America’s Small Business Owners from Predatory Debt Collection
    — Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR] on Nov 14, 2019

Rep. Al Lawsons Bill to Protect Small Businesses from Harassment by Debt Collectors Passes Committee
    — Rep. Al Lawson [D-FL5] (Sponsor) on Nov 15, 2019

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Nov 8, 2019

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Nov 13, 2019
Considered by House Committee on Financial Services

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Nov 14, 2019
Ordered Reported

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