An act relating to consumer protection. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky




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UNOFFICIAL COPY AS OF 04/10/16 03 REG. SESS. 03 RS HB 338/GA

AN ACT relating to consumer protection.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:

Section 1. KRS 287.730 is amended to read as follows:

(1) For each billing cycle at the end of which there is an outstanding balance in the debtor's account or with respect to which a charge permitted by KRS 287.710 to 287.770 is imposed, the bank shall render a statement to the debtor containing, to the extent applicable, such information as may be required to be included therein pursuant to Title I of the Federal Consumer Credit Protection Act of 1968 (Pub. L. 90-321) and any amendments, additions or replacements thereto in effect after June 16, 1972, and a legend to the effect that the debtor may at any time pay the aggregate balance owing by him or any part thereof.

(2) In the event of an extension of credit by a bank hereunder that is affected by the use of a credit card for the purchase of goods or services and that results in payment by the bank directly to a third party, the finance charge as authorized by KRS 287.740 shall not be imposed upon the debtor on such extension if payment in full of the entire outstanding unpaid balances owing on the debtor's account is received at the place designated by the bank by the date of the statement for the next billing cycle.

(3) Imposition of a finance charge by a bank upon the debtor in violation of subsection (2) of this section, with intent to defraud the debtor, shall be deemed to be an unfair, false, misleading or deceptive practice in violation of KRS 367.170, and shall be subject to the provisions of the Consumer Protection Act, KRS 367.110 to 367.300, and the penalties provided in KRS 367.990.

SECTION 2. A NEW SECTION OF KRS 367.110 TO 367.360 IS CREATED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:

As used in this Act, unless the context otherwise requires:

(1) "Cardholder" means the person or organization named on the face of a credit card to whom or for whose benefit the credit card is issued by an issuer.

(2) "Credit card" means any instrument or device, whether known as a credit card, credit plate, credit number or by any other name, issued by an issuer for the use of the cardholder in obtaining money, goods, services, or anything else of value on credit.

(3) "Issuer" means a business organization or financial institution which issues a credit card, or its duly authorized agent.

SECTION 3. A NEW SECTION OF KRS CHAPTER 367 IS CREATED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:

(1) Imposition of a finance charge by a bank which is an issuer upon a cardholder in violation of Section 1 of this Act, with intent to defraud the cardholder, shall be deemed to be an unfair, false, misleading, or deceptive act or practice in the conduct of trade or commerce, in violation of KRS 367.170.

(2) Imposition of a finance charge by any issuer other than a bank, with intent to defraud the cardholder, after the cardholder has made payment in full of the entire outstanding unpaid balance owing on the cardholder's account and payment is received at the place designated by the issuer by the date of the statement for the next billing cycle, shall be deemed to be an unfair, false, misleading or deceptive act or practice in the conduct of trade or commerce in violation of KRS 367.170.

(3) All of the remedies, powers, and duties delegated to the Attorney General by KRS 367.110 to 367.300, and the penalties provided in KRS 367.990, pertaining to acts and practices declared unlawful by KRS 367.170, shall be applied to acts and practices declared unlawful by this section and Section 1 of this Act.


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HB033810.100-1379 GA




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