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Consumer Protection Advocates Applaud the Senate’s Passage of FFPA, Call on House to Pass

In response to the Massachusetts Senate passing the Family Financial Protection Act, community advocates issued the following statement:

“We applaud the leadership of the Senate, especially lead sponsor Senator Jamie Eldridge, in passing the Family Financial Protection Act (S146) by a vote of 29-9. Abuses in the debt collection process are widespread. 23 percent of Massachusetts residents have debts in collection, with an average debt of $4,600. Massachusetts residents deserve a fair and transparent process to repay their debts, which the current system doesn’t allow. The current system allows out-of-state debt buyers to file large numbers of debt collection cases, straining our local court system, often in pursuit of debts that may not be collectible because they are too old, or may not be fully accurate. Residents are trapped by exorbitant fees, wage garnishment, and/or arrest warrants during this process, often leaving them in financial ruin."

Read the full statement here