Representative Chan was named House Chair of the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure in July 2017.
The Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure considers legislation concerning the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, the state lottery system, and any matter of professional licensure outside of medical licensing. The Committee also considers any consumer protection matters that fall within Chapter 93A of the Massachusetts General Laws.
Tackey, whose family is from Hong Kong, is the first Asian-American to be appointed chair of a committee in the House of Representatives. Prior to this position, Tackey served as Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy, as well as Acting Chair of the Committee on Small Business and Community Development for 18 months during the 2013-2014 legislative session. He also served on the Joint Committee of Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure from 2011 to 2016.
Data Breach Legislation
H4806, An Act relative to protecting consumers from security breaches, was passed by the House and Senate and signed into law by Governor Baker in January 2019. The legislation:
Removes any fees to a consumer who elects to place, lift, or remove a security freeze
Requires action to place, lift, or remove a security freeze within 15 minutes if the request is received by verbal or electronic means
Updates current laws to include online and verbal communication procedures for consumers' interactions with credit reporting agencies
Requires consent from consumers for access to their credit report
Parents or guardians may place a security freeze on a minor or incapacitated persons' credit
This legislation builds on federal regulations that went into effect this past fall. For additional information about consumer protections against data breaches and identity theft, please visit the websites of Attorney General Maura Healey and the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations.