Senate Committee Hears Bill Designed to Scale Back Consumer Fraud Protections

The Missouri Government Reform Committee heard SB 832, sponsored by Sen. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia), which would revise Missouri’s Merchandising Practices Act (MMPA). The MMPA was passed in the late 1960’s to protect consumers who are the victims of fraud and misrepresentation in the marketplace.

SB 832, if passed in its current form, would make it more difficult for individual consumers who have been fraudulently taken advantage of in transactions involving cars and household goods, to find a lawyer, and obtain relief. The MCC, along with several attorneys who help the poor with legal assistance in these kinds of small dollar cases, testified in opposition to the bill, asking the committee to consider the impact the changes in the bill would have upon these individual consumers and amend the bill accordingly.