Delegate Keam's Consumer Protection Bill Moves Forward
Delegate Mark Keam's Consumer Protection Bill Approved by Committee
Richmond, VA — Today, the Virginia Senate Courts of Justice Committee approved one of Delegate Mark Keam's bills on a unanimous 14-0 vote.
House Bill 2272 would create a tolling period and also increase the statute of limitations so that local law enforcement authorities can have more time andÂ flexibility toÂ prosecute professional license violations.
Under current law, violations of state requirements such as operating a contracting business without a license can be prosecuted within one year of discovery of the offense by the consumer, but in no case later than five years from occurrence of the offense.Â HB 2272 would increase the statute of limitations forÂ similar violations regulated at the local level to the sameÂ period asÂ stateÂ law so that consumers who seek relief from their local prosecutors can have the same amount of time as those seeking state prosecution.
"I learned of a constituent in Vienna who was ripped off by an unlicensed contractor who could have evaded local prosecution under the existing shortÂ statute of limitations," said Keam.Â "My bill will ensure that consumers will be protected at both the local and state levels because the time for local law enforcement to go after the bad guys will be increased to the same five year period as the state law."
Keam's bill now reports to the full Senate body for approval.Â Details on legislation by Delegate Keam can be found at http://leg1.state.va.us.
Delegate Mark Keam (www.www.markkeam.com, @MarkKeam) represents Virginia's 35th House district, located in Fairfax County.Â The District includes the Town of Vienna and portions of Tysons, Dunn Loring, Wolf Trap, Oakton and Fair Oaks.Â Currently serving his first term in office, Keam sits on the House Finance and House Militia, Police and Public Safety committees.