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2014 Senate Bill 947: Revise collection agency audit details
  1. Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on May 20, 2014, to delete a requirement that the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) audit a collection agency on a biennial basis. The agencies would still be subject to current regulations and record keeping requirements, however. The bill would also establish as "the intent of the legislature" that the regulations apply to debt collection agencies, not the companies that hire them.
    • Referred to the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee on May 20, 2014.
      • Reported in the Senate on May 27, 2014, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on June 4, 2014. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 4, 2014.
  2. Passed 28 to 7 in the Senate on June 4, 2014.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Moved to reconsider by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) on June 4, 2014, the vote by which the bill was passed. The motion passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 4, 2014.
  4. Received in the Senate on June 4, 2014.
  5. Passed 27 to 9 in the Senate on June 4, 2014, to delete a requirement that the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) audit a collection agency on a biennial basis. The agencies would still be subject to current regulations and record keeping requirements, however. The bill would also establish as "the intent of the legislature" that the regulations apply to debt collection agencies, not the companies that hire them.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  6. Received in the House on June 4, 2014.
    • Referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee on June 4, 2014.
      • Reported in the House on December 2, 2014, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Hugh Crawford (R) on December 18, 2014, to remove the provision establishing as "the intent of the legislature" that the regulations apply to debt collection agencies, not the companies that hire them. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on December 18, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Andy Schor (D) on December 18, 2014, to establish that the relevant state department "shall" audit a collection agency's books when deemed necessary, rather than "may" audit them. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 18, 2014.
  7. Passed 66 to 44 in the House on December 18, 2014, to delete a requirement that the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) audit a collection agency on a biennial basis. The agencies would still be subject to current regulations and record keeping requirements, however.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  8. Moved to reconsider by Rep. Lisa Lyons (R) on December 18, 2014, to reconsider the vote by which the House passed the bil.
  9. The motion passed by voice vote in the House on December 18, 2014.
  10. Received in the House on December 18, 2014.
  11. Passed 65 to 45 in the House on December 18, 2014, to delete a requirement that the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) audit a collection agency on a biennial basis. The agencies would still be subject to current regulations and record keeping requirements, however.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  12. Received in the Senate on December 19, 2014.
  13. Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on December 19, 2014.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

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