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  • NJ A4482
  • Allows for cancellation of certain service contracts without paying early termination fee if customer becomes deceased prior to end of service contract.
In Committee
Crossed Over
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill provides that a provider of cable television service, cellular telephone service, direct broadcast satellite service, electric generation service, fuel oil service, gas supply service, Internet access service, propane service, telecommunications service, and Voice over Internet Protocol service is to allow the executor of a deceased customer who is under contract with the provider, including but not limited to, a bundle contract or multi-year contract, to opt-out of the contract without paying an early termination fee or other similar charge when the executor requests to opt-out of the contract in writing. The bill requires an executor to request the contract cancellation in writing and submit, within 180 days of the request, documentation proving that the customer is deceased. The required documentation is to include a copy of the deceased customer's death certificate. 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 deceased customer requesting to opt-out of the contract as of the date these service providers receive the request. A person who violates the bill is to be liable to a civil penalty of up to $1,000 for each offense. The Superior Court and municipal court is to have jurisdiction to enforce the civil penalty in connection with the bill. If the violation is of a continuing nature, each day during which the violation continues is to constitute an additional, separate, and distinct offense.
Commerce, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, Passed Assembly
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Commerce Committee  (on 6/29/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
6/29/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Commerce Committee
6/29/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (78-0-0)
6/22/2017 A Assembly Floor Amendment Passed (Vainieri Huttle)
6/12/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
6/12/2017 Assembly Consumer Affairs Hearing (19:00 6/12/2017 )
1/12/2017 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/29/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 78 0 2
Detail 6/12/2017 Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee: Reported with Amendments 4 0 1