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New Law Amends Accessible Parking Spaces

New Law Amends Accessible Parking Spaces

The Texas Legislature has passed House Bill 3163 into law. This bill establishes some new rules for accessible parking spaces. On September 1, 2019, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) will start drafting the rules that implement the House Bill. The new law amends 469.052 of government code. The new rules are:

  • The international access symbol must be painted on the parking space.
  • The words “NO PARKING” must be painted on access aisles next to accessible parking spaces.
  • The signs marking accessible parking spaces must include the penalty for parking illegally in the space. Fines and towing are examples of possible penalties.

Current signs and parking spaces do not need changes until the new rules go into effect. The new rules will be open to receive comment in the Texas Register after drafting and approval by the Commission of Licensing and Regulation.

TDLR anticipates these rules to take effect near mid-2020.

Government Code Sec. 469.051 indicates that while TDLR is the enforcement agency for this section of the code, “the appropriate state rehabilitation agencies and the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities shall assist the Commission in the administration and enforcement of this chapter.” The GCPD encourages stakeholder participation in the rule-making process to implement the statute.


TDI warns Texans to be on alert for towing scams (link)

TDI warns Texans to be on alert for towing scams

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AG Paxton Intervenes in Lawsuit (link)

AG Paxton Intervenes in Lawsuit to Strike Down the City of San Antonio’s Unlawful Paid Sick Leave Ordinance | Office of the Attorney General

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CFPB To Hold First Symposium On June 25

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced today that its first symposium will be held on June 25 at 9 a.m. The symposium, part of a series announced earlier this year, will focus on the Dodd-Frank Act’s prohibition on abusive acts or practices. The symposium will be webcast on the Bureau’s website.

The Dodd-Frank Act authorizes the Bureau to take enforcement, supervision, and rulemaking actions concerning unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts and practices (UDAAP). The meaning of abusiveness is less developed than the meaning of unfair or deceptive, which have been defined substantially by the Federal Trade Commission Act. The symposium will provide a public forum for the Bureau and the public to hear various perspectives on the meaning of abusiveness.

This first symposium will have two panels of UDAAP experts. The symposium will also include remarks by CFPB Director Kathleen L. Kraninger and CFPB Deputy Director Brian Johnson. The first panel will include a discussion with leading academic experts in the area of Consumer Protection on various policy issues relating to the abusive standard under Dodd-Frank. The panel will be moderated by Tom Pahl, CFPB’s Policy Associate Director, Research, Markets and Regulation. The experts on the panel will include:

• Patricia McCoy, Professor of Law, Boston College Law School
• Todd Zywicki, Professor of Law, George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School
• Howard Beales, George Washington University; former Director of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection
• Adam Levitin, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law School

The second panel will examine how the abusive standard has been used in practice, and will include leading legal experts in the field. The panel will be moderated by David Bleicken, CFPB Deputy Associate Director, Supervision, Enforcement and Fair Lending. Experts on the panel will include:
• William MacLeod, Partner at Kelley Drye; former Director of the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection and Bureau of Competition
• Eric Mogilnicki, Partner at Covington & Burling; former Chief of Staff, Senator Ted Kennedy
• Lucy Morris, Partner Hudson Cook; former CFPB Deputy Enforcement Director
• Nicholas Smyth, Assistant Director of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, Senior Deputy Attorney General

Members of the public that plan to attend the symposium should RSVP at:


Data Security in the Modern World-FSOC article (link)

FSOC: Data Security in the Modern World-

WASHINGTON – The Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit held a hearing today to examine the current data security and breach notification regulatory regime, and identify potential opportunities to reform the current framework in order to reduce vulnerabilities and shortcomings in the system and better protect consumers.

As reliance on technology increases, so do data breaches and increased risk to consumers and businesses in all sectors of the economy. Due in part to a patchwork of conflicting state laws, data security and breach notification standards have long been a subject of considerable debate.


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CFPB issues Request for Information on Supervision Process


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) today issued a Request for Information (RFI) about the Bureau’s supervision processes. The Bureau is seeking comments and information from interested parties to assist in assessing the overall efficiency and effectiveness of its supervision program and whether any changes to the program would be appropriate. This is the fourth in a series of RFIs announced as part of Acting Director Mick Mulvaney’s call for evidence to ensure the Bureau is fulfilling its proper and appropriate functions to best protect consumers. This RFI will provide an opportunity for the public to submit feedback and suggest ways to improve outcomes for both consumers and covered entities. The next RFI in the series will address the Bureau’s external engagement processes, and will be issued next week.

The RFI on supervision processes is available at:

The Bureau will begin accepting comments once the RFI is printed in the Federal Register, which is expected to occur on February 20. The RFI will be open for comment for 90 days.

The Bureau anticipates issuing RFIs on the following topics in the coming weeks:

*   External Engagement
*   Complaint Reporting
*   Rulemaking Processes
*   Bureau Rules Not Under §1022(d) Assessment
*   Inherited Rules
*   Guidance and Implementation Support
*   Consumer Education
*   Consumer Inquiries

More information about the call for evidence is available at:

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