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Franken, Members of Senate Judiciary Committee Introduce Legislation To Restore Consumer Choice: Users Can “Unlock” Their Cellphones Under Bipartisan Bill


Mon, Mar 11th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

WASHINGTON, D.C. [3/12/13] –U.S Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and a bipartisan group of Senators introduced legislation on Monday that would restore the ability of consumers to more easily transfer their cell phones to other wireless carriers.



The Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act would restore an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), permitting consumers to “unlock” their cell phones when their contract expires. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.) are expected to introduce similar, bipartisan legislation this week. The Senate bill was introduced by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and cosponsored by Sen. Franken, Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Mike Lee (R-Utah). The Senators said this narrow and common sense proposal promotes competition in the marketplace, ultimately improving consumer choice.



“Right now, folks who decide to change cellphone carriers are frequently forced to buy a new phone or risk the possibility of criminal penalties, and that’s just not fair for consumers,” Franken said. “This bipartisan legislation will quickly allow consumers to unlock their current phones instead of having to purchase a new one. I support this commonsense solution to save consumers money.”



“This straightforward restoring bill is about promoting consumer rights,” Leahy said. “When consumers finish the terms of their contract, they should be able to keep their phones and make their own decision about which wireless provider to use.”



“As we become a more mobile society, we’re choosing smart phones and other wireless devices as our prime mode of communications. It’s the right thing to empower people with the freedom to use the carrier of their choice after complying with their original terms of service,” Grassley said.



Hatch said, “It just makes sense that cell phone users should be able to do what they want with their phones after satisfying their initial service contract. This bill reinstates that ability, while also ensuring that copyrights are not violated.”



Lee said, “Consistent with their contracts, consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones and switch carriers. T .....
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MNGOP Statement Regarding Governor Dayton's All-Tax Budget

Mon, Mar 11th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

St. Paul – This morning, Governor Dayton announced he will drop the business to business portion of his tax plan. Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Pat Shortridge and Deputy Chairwoman Kelly Fenton issued the following statement: “This is ..... 
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REP. DAVIDS AUTHORS BILL TO PROTECT FAMILY FARMS

Thu, Mar 7th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Keeping a farm in the family is important to many rural Minnesota landowners, and State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) is co-authoring legislation that would help achieve this goal. “In some cases in Fillmore and Houston cou ..... 
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The Minnesota Department of Commerce urges consumers to review flood insurance needs

Wed, Mar 6th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN — As winter conditions turn to spring melting, the Minnesota Department of Commerce is reminding Minnesota homeowners to determine if they may need flood insurance coverage. Flood damage is not covered under a standard homeowner's po ..... 
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MINNESOTA STATE ARTS BOARD AWARDS ARTS AND CULTURAL HERITAGE FUND GRANTS SUPPORTING ARTS TOURS THROUGHOUT MINNESOTA

Wed, Mar 6th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Saint Paul, MN -The Minnesota State Arts Board today awarded 34 grants to Minnesota artists and organizations through the FY 2013 Arts Tour Minnesota program. These Arts Board grants, totalling $1,584,492, support Minnesota touring artists and arts o ..... 
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Executive Council approves new mining lease on Mesabi Range

Wed, Mar 6th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

An iron ore mining lease near Coleraine, Minn., that could bring between $50 million and $220 million to the state’s Permanent School Trust Fund during the life of the mine was unanimously approved today by Minnesota Executive Council. The leasi ..... 
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Klobuchar Statement on FCC Backing Effort to Unlock Cell Phones

Tue, Mar 5th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar today made the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski and the White House announced that they would back efforts to unlock cell phones, allowin ..... 
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Minnesota Department of Commerce Celebrates 15th Annual National Consumer Protection Week

Tue, Mar 5th, 2013
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SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce is joining state agencies across the country, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the IRS, the FBI, advocacy organizations like the Better Business Bureau, and private sect ..... 
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State to phase out use of harmful chemical

Tue, Mar 5th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

St. Paul, Minn. -- All state agencies will eliminate purchasing of hand soaps and dish and laundry cleaning products that contain triclosan by June of this year. Through Executive Order by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, state agencies are required t ..... 
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