AG’s public safety and consumer protection bills to be heard this week

study commissioned by the U.S. Congress and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children shows that most of those arrested for possessing child pornography had images of children who had not yet reached puberty. In fact, 58 percent of those images were of children under 5, including infants.

PROTECTING FORECLOSURE VICTIMS FROM “SURPLUS FUNDS” SCAMS

Families who have lost their homes due to an inability to pay their property taxes are being targeted by individuals who want to take the little money they have left after the foreclosure sale. Legislation proposed by the Attorney General’s Office aims to protect these families from scammers and help them keep as much of their money as possible.

House Bill 2428 will be heard by the Senate Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance Committee at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the J.A. Cherberg Building, Senate Hearing Room 2.

The bill is prime-sponsored by Rep. Dean Takko, D-Longview. It addresses firms and individuals who contact owners of foreclosed properties offering to obtain the surplus money on their behalf – in return for a cut. The bill places a 5 percent cap on such finder’s fees, the same amount allowed for other kinds of unclaimed funds.

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