Resolution Urging Congress to Protect our Uniform National Credit System Exposed
The Resolution Urging Congress to Protect our Uniform National Credit System was adopted by ALEC's Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force at the Annual Meeting on July 31, 2003, approved by the full ALEC Board of Directors August, 2003. ALEC has attempted to distance itself from this piece of legislation after the launch of ALECexposed.org in 2011, but it has done nothing to get it repealed in the states where it previously pushed for it to be made into law.
ALEC Resolution Text
This resolution supports the permanent extension of the seven areas of state law preemption contained in Section 624 of the Fair Credit Reporting Act that are due to sunset on December 31, 2003. The resolution states that the uniform operation of our national credit system, and its overall importance to our economy, requires that Congress act in this area.
WHEREAS, the United States maintains the most efficient and reliable credit reporting system in the world. This system is the foundation that supports our national credit markets. Our national credit reporting system operates in a uniform, fair, and reliable manner, efficiently making credit available across state lines to large segments of an increasingly mobile and transient American population; and
WHEREAS, consumer spending represents two-thirds of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the United States, and seventy-five percent of U.S. households participate in the consumer credit market; and
WHEREAS, since 1970 with the passage of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, American consumers have come to rely upon the efficient and automated granting of credit when financing their homes and purchasing everything from automobiles to furniture, appliances and apparel; and
WHEREAS, in 1996, Congress expanded the FCRA to provide additional rules for certain existing activities, while also including several important areas of state law preemption corresponding to the areas in which it clarified or expanded the operation of the FCRA; and
WHEREAS, since the 1996 amendments to the FCRA were adopted, our nation’s credit system has become even more robust. Today, our nationwide system of credit granting is based on the standardized availability of credit information and use of credit reports. The current national system is critical to consumers and to our economy; and
WHEREAS, uniform national standards permit lenders to accurately judge the creditworthiness of each individual consumer regardless of their state of residence, speeding credit approval and leading to lower lending costs. These lower costs are passed on to consumers in the form of lower interest rates; and
WHEREAS, uniformity in information standards across state lines helps businesses to communicate with the national credit bureaus and within their own corporate family to prevent and mitigate crimes such as fraud and identity theft; and
WHEREAS, under the current system the use of consistent, comprehensive information has increased credit availability to previously underserved individuals, allowing for new entrants to the credit market and giving those individuals the ability to build a positive credit history; and
WHEREAS, the risk of upending our national credit reporting system by creating a patchwork of new laws in this area is real, as demonstrated by the initiatives currently being proposed by some individual legislators;
BE IT RESOLVED that the American Legislative Exchange Council urges Congress to support permanent extension of state law preemption contained in Section 624 of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the clerk of the [House or Senate] transmit copies of this resolution to the President and Vice President of the United States, and to each member of Congress of the United States.
Adopted by the CIED Task Force at the Annual Meeting on July 31, 2003. Approved by full ALEC Board of Directors August, 2003.