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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - April 14, 1974, High Point, North Carolina In Southeast Consumers still not protected by Barbara Washington Atlanta a. A consumer Protection measures stumbled through legislative sessions in Southeastern states this year and leftover proposals from 1973 died sudden deaths in some committee Chambers. The unfair and deceptive Trade practices act called the a Little it cd because of its similarity to regulations of the Federal Trade commission had been in a Georgia legislative committee All of last year. The Senate committee on banking and finance Defeated the proposal this year after calling a Public hearing the Day before the general Assembly ended. Bob Longnecker director of Georgia a consumer Protection services Agency says his department is crippled by the Lack of enforcement Powers. His Counselor fan Only collect research on Consumers problems and attempt to mediate Between businesses and customers. A we done to have any legislation that we interpret or enforce a Longnecker says. A everything we do is by moral Florida consumer Protection Laws underwent major revision last year. The a Little it cd allowed Florida atty. Gen. Robert Shevin to prepare rules against consumer abuses in intrastate business. Asst. Atty. Gen. Rod Tennyson Shevins consumer aide said a it s a Little too Early to Tell How effective they the procedures Are although the Law has worked in other states. North Carolina also has the a a Little it cd establishing procedures for the state attorney general s office to seek civil injunctive action against the offenders with restitution As the prime Means of punishment. Deputy atty. Gen. Carroll Leggett says the Law was a deliberately designed to provide for civil action. Its quicker that Way then trying to get a warrant in a criminal there Are no consumer Protection Laws As such in South Carolina but Bills Are before the legislature that would establish a consumer advocate division in state government to take the citizen s Side in cases before regulatory agencies. Consumer Lawson Alabama mainly Deal with establishing maximum interest rates. Consumer Protection officer Annie Laurie Gunter says the consumer Laws Are a very a a the problem is that people Don t know their rights under the Law a said mrs. Gunter. A spokesman for the attorney general a office in Mississippi says a new consumer Protection division measure passed by the Senate Early in March would attempt to rid a Mississippi of those who come into the state with frauds and schemes run their thing and leave with a Bunch of Louisiana passed Laws in 1973 setting up a governors office for consumer Protection with Powers to investigate consumer complaints promulgate rules and through cooperation with the state attorney general a office take offenders to court. A i think we have had a positive effect in terms of correcting consumer abuses a said Charles Tapp who Heads the new office Tennessee also has a consumer affairs division although it has no enforcement Powers. Here is the general status of consumer Protection legislation in the eight Southeastern states Georgia a the general Assembly had passed Only two consumer Protection measures at the end of the 1974 session. One Bill proposed a division of consumer affairs similar in most ways to the already established Agency in Tennessee. Gov. Jimmy Carter vetoed this measure which he said would probably do More harm than Good. The other Bill a Law allowing the governor to appoint an attorney to represent georgians in hearings concerning Utility rate hikes before the state Public service commission was signed by High Point Enterprise sunday april 14, 1974 15c Carter. Longnecker says the state is plagued with consumer complaints on car repairs tenant landlord problems and credit and loan transactions. A to get into a Legal Battle would even if you won. Cause you to come out without any real gain a said Longnecker. Florida the first 13 chapters of the a Little it cd took effect feb. I and they cover consumer interest items from contracts with health spas to purchases of Mobile Homes and building lots. The provisions of the act set up administrative procedures to Stop unfair practices and in some cases Force refunds from the businessmen found at fault in the customer action. Tennyson said old consumer Protection Laws in criminal statutes a were not too North Carolina antitrust and anti monopoly Laws have been on the state code for about 50 years. A we generally think they work pretty Well a said Leggett. The North Carolina attorney general a office has a special consumer Protection division which has been Active in the last four years especially in the areas of door to door sales and Mobile Home owners complaints. South Carolina in addition to the consumer advocate division Bill before the South Carolina legislature there also is another proposal which would create a uniform credit code which would give Consumers the right to cancel contracts within specified time limit. Alabama a Alabama a maximum interest Laws limit the amount of interest that can be attached to a revolving charge account at one and on half per cent monthly. The state also has a Law which allows persons buying from door to door salesmen three Days to cancel contracts regardless of reason. Another consumer Protection measure makes it illegal to refer names of prospective clients to companies in return for compensation free prizes or other forms of repayment. Mississippi the Mississippi Senate Only passed the Bill creating the consumer Protection division after weakening it with amendments. The amendments would curtail investigative Powers of the attorney general and would reduce penalties for violation of his injunction. Louisiana a Tapp says the states consumer Protection Agency has been Able to get favourable court orders for restitution in several cases. The Louisiana consumer office director also says the psychological effects of his Agency have inhibited unscrupulous businessmen. Tennessee the consumer affairs division was established in 1973 and is attached to the state department of agriculture. The Agency is designed to guide Consumers with complaints to the appropriate state department or to the courts. The division also May Call the attention of Consumers to faulty products. A to Date we be received 976 Telephone Calls a lot of them about fuel. We have 123 cases that Are open and we be closed 39 cases. Each Day we receive an enormous amount of cases and it takes about 30 Days to close a Case a said mrs. Tenpenny. States outside the Southeast generally have gone a step further in establishing consumer Protection Laws. New York for example has Laws which require pharmacists to Post the prices of the 150 most frequently prescribed drugs Call for suits involving credit transactions to be brought in the county where the buyer lives or the county where the Purchase was made and per a Mit Consumers to withhold payment for shoddy work even if the contract was sold to another company. Formerly the company could sell its contract to a Bank which held the debtor liable for payment no matter whether the goods or services were faulty. State consumer Protection Board chairman Peter Pryor says he is seeking legislation this year that would require unit pricing in groceries and registration of automobile repair shops Fairfield Plaza Highway 311 South dial 431 -1161 Timmmy Wimms use your local Bank charge plan Lay away at no extra charge i big Day of sensational savings. 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