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State Representative Bob Morgan moves to BAN Junk Fees!

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Legislation Banning Junk Fees Passes out of the House

Bill now heads to the Senate to end deceptive Junk Fees in Illinois

 

Springfield, IL – In a continued effort to push for stronger consumer protections and increased transparency around pricing, State Representative Bob Morgan (D-Deerfield) successfully passed HB 4629, out of the House. This bill was designed to eliminate so-called “junk fees” or hidden charges often found at the end of receipts or last point of sale. The bill marks a major step towards promoting transparent pricing and fair competition in the state.

State Representative Bob Morgan (D-Deerfield) emphasized the benefits for Illinois consumers: “This legislation will help every single consumer in Illinois. When this bill passes the Senate and becomes law, we will be ensuring consumers that the price they see is the price they pay, with no hidden fees, and no surprise charges at checkout. This is a win for consumers and a win for fair business competition.”

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reports that junk fees cost nearly $3,200 annually for an average family of four. This substantial impact on household budgets highlights the urgency of protecting consumers. HB 4629 will empower the Illinois Attorney General to crack down on junk fees using enforcement powers found in the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Practices Act. The new law would help level the playing field for honest businesses that have been transparent with their customers. 

Junk Fee Ban initiatives have gained nationwide support, with more people becoming acutely aware that an extra dollar here and a dollar there are adding up. According to a survey by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, over 85% of Americans support measures to ban junk fees to ensure transparent pricing across all industries. This strong public backing reflects the widespread frustration with deceptive fees that can obscure the true cost of goods and services.

As the focus now shifts to the Illinois Senate, the bill’s passage would signal a significant advancement in consumer protections and positions Illinois as a national leader in setting standards for pricing transparency and fair business practices. 

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