ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON CONSUMER AFFAIRS AND PROTECTION
ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON BANKS
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
According to a recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) study on credit report accuracy, as many as one in four consumers may have a "material error" in their reports. The study also found that five percent of Americans might have an error so significant that it would wrongly deny them an extension of credit or require them to pay an unjustifiably high interest rate. The FTC also found that correcting such errors is an arduous, if not impossible, undertaking for even the most vigilant consumers. A consumer's credit report is used in many different and far-reaching ways, including decisions on loan applications, interest rates, and employment. These reports even affect how much a consumer pays for auto insurance. This hearing seeks to solicit input on the accuracy of credit reports and means by which New York State can improve the credit reporting system.
Persons wishing to present pertinent testimony to the Committee at the above hearing should complete and return the enclosed reply form as soon as possible. It is important that the reply form be fully completed and returned so that persons may be notified in the event of emergency postponement or cancellation.
Oral testimony will be limited to 5 minutes' duration. In preparing the order of witnesses, the Committee will attempt to accommodate individual requests to speak at particular times in view of special circumstances. These requests should be made on the attached reply form or communicated to Committee staff as early as possible.
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