Posted: Apr 26, 2011 7:22 PM by Russell Jones, Mike Steele
Updated: Apr 26, 2011 7:22 PM
BATON ROUGE - A bill intended to offer more protection against identity theft while shopping was squashed on the first full day of the legislative session.
The bill by Rep. Regina Barrow, D-Baton Rouge, would have required people to show identification like a driver's license when making a credit card purchase, and was defeated in committee.
Barrow said she knows first-hand how much a hassle identity theft can be.
"I have already experienced a form of identity theft myself, and I consider myself very responsible," she said during testimony over the bill.
But others didn't agree. Critics of the bill on the House panel felt there were too many loopholes, such as no requirement that the information on the ID had to be the same as the information on the card.
Retailers also felt the bill would just create hurdles and drive more customers online.
"There's a very unlevel playing field already because internet sites do not charge sales tax for their products," said Cindy Bishop, who represented Louisiana retailers.
The same panel also rejected a plan requiring a 30-day, money back guarantee on all hearing aid sales. A similar bill will be considered later in the session.