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  • NJ A4280
  • Allows domestic violence victims to cancel television and telephone service contracts without paying early termination fee.
Introduced
(10/27/2016)
In Committee
(5/25/2017)
Crossed Over
(5/22/2017)
PassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill provides that a cable television company, local exchange telephone company, or provider of direct broadcast satellite service providing television and telecommunications service to allow a residential customer who is a victim of domestic violence and is under a bundle contract or multi-year contract, to cancel the contract without paying an early termination fee or other similar charge. The bill requires a customer who is a victim of domestic violence to request the contract cancellation in writing and submit, within one year of the request, documentation proving that the customer is a victim of domestic violence to the local exchange telephone company, cable television company, or provider of direct satellite broadcast service. The required documentation is to include a copy of a permanent domestic violence restraining order issued in this State or a copy of a permanent restraining order from another jurisdiction issued pursuant to the jurisdiction's laws concerning domestic violence. A request for opting-out of the contract without charge is to be made in good faith. These service providers are to waive the otherwise applicable charges for the residential customer requesting to opt-out of the contract as of the date these service providers receive the request.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Economic Growth, Passed Assembly, Telecommunications and Utilities
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Economic Growth Committee  (on 5/25/2017)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
5/25/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Economic Growth Committee
5/22/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (75-0-0)
5/11/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
5/11/2017 Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Hearing (19:00 5/11/2017 AR-239 DeAngelo (pending intro & referral) Expresses opposition )
10/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 5/22/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 75 0 5
Detail 5/11/2017 Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee: Reported Favorably 7 0 1