2 Tech-Opposed Consumer Bills Die In Calif. Assembly

By Kat Greene (June 25, 2014, 7:34 PM EDT) -- Two bills that were opposed by technology companies stalled in committee meetings, notching victories for industry lobbyists that sought to stop the expansion of existing California consumer protection laws that apply to online retailers and electronics manufacturers.

The bills, SB 383 and SB 1188, which stalled on Monday and Tuesday, addressed two different issues opposed by heavy hitters in the tech industry: The first would have expanded requirements for consumer privacy protection online, and the second would have extended consumers' ability to sue the makers of personal electronics for faulty products.

The bills, both pitched by state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa...

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