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Business groups oppose expansion of state consumer protection laws

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Over 30 business organizations, led by the Business Council of New York State, are opposing proposed legislation to enhance consumer protections, warning it could harm small businesses. The groups sent a letter to all legislators with three weeks remaining in the session.


The Consumer & Small Business Protection Act seeks to expand state business law to prohibit “unfair” and “abusive” practices, which are currently not covered. Business leaders argue the law’s broad terms could lead to increased litigation and higher costs for consumers.

Despite the opposition, lawmakers, including Sen. Sean Ryan, are confident the legislation will pass before the session ends on June 6. Consumer advocates like Chuck Bell from Consumer Reports argue the update is overdue, emphasizing that similar laws in other states have not harmed small businesses. Governor Kathy Hochul’s stance remains crucial, as she has previously vetoed business-opposed bills.