Category: Other Consumer Issues

No subsidies for Doe Run!

Tell the MO Senate that you don't want to subsidize utility rates for Doe Run. http://www.stlamerican.com/news/local_news/missourians-face-major-hikes-to-utility-bills/article_2cbff592-e405-11e6-9d4f-772bea309a9c.html ...

MO Office of Public Council Stands Up for Consumers

Missouri's James Owen of the Office of Public Council is courageously fighting on behalf of consumers, challenging the Public Service Commission and their to weaken the current ex parte rules. Thank you, James Owen, for standing up for consumers. http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/columns/tony-messenger/messenger-greitens-first-two-orders-collide-as-utilities-seek-weakened/article_8f13735a-13c0-5143-8cec-8c43a4f57b0c.html ...

Federal Antitrust trial over Anthem-Cigna merger begins

Today marked the first day of the federal trial over the proposed Anthem-Cigna merger which would create the nation's largest health insurance company. Government antitrust lawyers are attempting to block this $48 billion deal which threatens to reshape the U.S. market for health coverage. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2016/11/21/antitrust-trial-over-aetna-cigna-merger-begins/94222422/ ...

Race continues to be a factor in St. Louis area mortgage lending

Race continues to be a factor in St. Louis area mortgage lending

A report released by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition found that the racial composition of St. Louis neighborhoods is a defining trait for the probability of receiving a mortgage loan. Its report also examines how the lack of banking institutions in predominantly black neighborhoods perpetuates the problem. http://m.riverfronttimes.com/newsblog/2016/07/19/black-st-louis-neighborhoods-cut-off-from-mortgage-lending-banks-report-finds ...

2015 Alberta Slavin Consumer Award

Consumers Council of Missouri presented the 2015 Alberta Slavin Award to Senator Claire McCaskill for her efforts in the U.S. Senate to pass the Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Rental Car Safety Act in the omnibus transportation bill that passed Congress in December and that President Obama signed into law.  The law prohibits nearly all rental car companies, including many car dealers, from renting, loaning or selling recalled vehicles until the safety defects have been repaired.  Pre ...

U.S. Senate Passes Rental Car Safety Bill

Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety, July 30, 2015 Today the U.S. Senate voted to enact the Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act, as part of the DRIVE Act, which will provide long-term funding for transportation projects across the nation. The rental car provision was the only part of the bill relating to safety that both sides of the aisle agreed on.  The Safe Rental Car Act (S 1173) was included in the bill that Senator John Thune (R-SD) proposed and was a ...

GM Faces Federal Probe Over Recalls

The Detroit News, July 23, 2015 General Motors Co. now faces an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, adding to a list of several authorities and agencies looking into the automaker’s conduct after its delayed ignition switch recall last year. The automaker disclosed the investigation in a regulatory filing Thursday. It was unclear if GM or its dealers are the target, however. GM said it was notified June 3 of the investigation by the FTC that concerned “certified ...

McCaskill Adds Recalled Rental Car Bill to Committee’s Vehicle Safety Legislation

Bloomberg Business, July 16, 2015 A Senate panel killed a proposal to permit companies to continue renting vehicles that have been recalled, a measure criticized by consumer groups, automakers and even some rental-car companies. The Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee instead voted Wednesday to require cars be repaired before they’re rented. The change resulted from an amendment by Senator Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat. It modified a bill, introduced las ...

Blunt Asked to Support Safe Rental Car Act

Joplin Independent, July 13, 2015 ST. LOUIS, Mo – The Consumers Council of Missouri announced yesterday that it is calling upon Sen. Roy Blunt, R-MO, to co-sponsor legislation to bar rental car companies from renting or selling unsafe, recalled vehicles to the public until the safety defects have been repaired. A key vote over rental car safety is expected July 15, 2015, in the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee. Under pressure from auto manufacturers and car dealers, Congress ha ...

Consumers to Senator Blunt: Save Lives, Lead Effort to Pass Rental Car Safety Bill

ST. LOUIS, Mo (July 10, 2015) – Consumers Council of Missouri is calling upon Sen. Roy Blunt, R-MO, to co-sponsor legislation to bar rental car companies from renting or selling unsafe, recalled vehicles to the public until the safety defects have been repaired.  A key vote over rental car safety is expected next Wednesday in the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. CCM is also asking Sen. Blunt to reject a bill being offered by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., ...

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