California prosecutors and retailers are pushing a bill that would legitimize
the outsourcing of controversial bad-check restitution programs to private
companies and increase fees the firms can charge people who bounce checks.
The measure, which is opposed by consumer groups, is
heading toward what promises to be a contentious debate Tuesday before the
Assembly Public Safety Committee.
The California District Attorneys
Association is sponsoring the bill, AB 2606 by Assemblyman Bill Emmerson,
Supporters say the bill will ensure the viability of
programs that recover millions of dollars for businesses, offer people a way to
avoid court, save tax dollars and help prosecutors focus resources on higher
Opponents charge the private companies behind the program
are little more than debt collectors renting the name of the local district
attorney to scare people into participating in programs that charge excessive
Source: The Press Democrat