Amend Credit and Debit Card Surcharges Imposed by Governmental Entities

Last updated: Mar 7, 2021

Details about this bill
Category: General Business
Status: In Committee
Sponsor: Senator Ben Chipman, Senate 27 - Cumberland County
Session: 130
Bill #: LD 800

Position:

Monitoring. Currently, retailers are prevented from charging a surcharge. If this law is expanded, it should include retailers. 

Summary:

Senator Chipman of Cumberland would allow a state department or agency to impose a surcharge for payments made by credit card or debit card for taxes, fines, charges, utility fees, regulatory fees, registration fees, license or permit fees or the provision of a specific service or good provided by that state department or agency. It also amends the Maine Consumer Credit Code – Truth-in-Lending to allow a governmental entity to impose a surcharge for payments made by credit card or debit card for registration fees and goods and includes under the definition of "governmental entity" a state department or agency.