CMTA-Opposed Rebate Bill Amended

By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, June 18, 2004 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

SB 1154 (Liz Figueroa D-Fremont) would regulate manufacturers' and retailers' rebates to consumers. Some CMTA members believe it would reduce the number of rebates offered by companies to California consumers. Concerns have related to weak proof of purchase standards in the bill, time-lines mandated for consumers submitting their rebate requests and manufacturers fulfilling those requests, limitations on companies linking rebate offers with service or other contracts, and that state-by-state restrictions could cause conflicts for nationwide company rebate offers.

The bill will be heard in the Assembly Business & Professions committee on June 22nd. The latest amendments include:

* The ability of a company to require an original receipt and a universal product code (UPC) for proof of purchase;
* A change from the previously required 60-day time period to a 45-day time period for a consumer to make a rebate submission;
* Lengthening the time period for a company to fulfill the rebate request from 30 days to 45 days; and
* Delayed implementation until July 1, 2005.

CMTA is currently opposed to SB 1154 but concerned CMTA member companies are reviewing the amendments to reevaluate the position. If you have any feedback, please contact Matt Sutton at msutton@cmta.net.
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