Regarding the Cancellation of Subscription Services

Last updated: Jul 10, 2013

Details about this bill
Category: Digital Media Production
Status: Defeated
Sponsor: Representative Mattie Daughtery, House 66
Session: 126
Bill #: LD 1390

Position:

Opposed. Consumers should have a range of options to cancel subscriptions.

UPDATE 7/9/13: This bill was vetoed and sustained. It is dead.

UPDATE 6/14/13: This bill has been passed by the House and Senate. It moves to Governor LePage's desk for action.

UPDATE 5/12/13: The committee amended the bill to comply with the 2009 version of the Illinois law that the bill was modeled after and voted the bill Ought to Pass.

 

Summary:

This bill requires a person that provides certain goods or services pursuant to a subscription to provide to a subscriber, at the time the subscription starts, information regarding how the subscriber may cancel the subscription; a secure, prominently displayed and easy-to-use method on the person's website that allows the subscriber to cancel the subscription immediately without having to send a letter by the United States Postal Service or other delivery service or to make a telephone call; and the option to cancel the subscription using the same method that was used to start the subscription. A violation of the provisions of the bill is a violation of the Maine Unfair Trade Practices Act.