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 served on the Joint Committee of Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure from 2011 to 2016.
Data Breach Legislation
The House of Representatives recently passed House Bill 4232, An Act removing fees for security freezes and disclosures of consumer credit reports. This bill:
- 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
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.