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Record #: R2017-41   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 1/25/2017 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Finance
Final action:
Title: Call for hearing(s) on Obama Administration's "Hidden Fees" Initiative
Sponsors: Burke, Edward M.
Topic: COMMITTEE/PUBLIC HEARINGS - Committee on Finance
Attachments: 1. R2017-41.pdf
Related files: R2019-362

WHEREAS, the City of Chicago is a home rule unit of government pursuant to the 1970 Illinois Constitution, Article VII, Section 6(a); and

WHEREAS, pursuant to its home rule power, the City of Chicago may exercise any power and perform any function relating to its government and affairs including promoting the quality of life and the welfare of its citizens; and

WHEREAS, the City Council of Chicago is dedicated to the protection of Chicago consumers from deceptive business practices; and
WHEREAS, "hidden fees" by businesses hinder effective consumer decision-making and hurt the competitive process; and
WHEREAS, the Obama administration's December 2016 report entitled "The Competition Initiative and Hidden Fees" took aim at a wide range of businesses that charge "hidden fees" including resorts, airlines, telecommunication companies, ticket vendors, banks, car dealerships and healthcare providers; and
WHEREAS, the Obama administration's report emphasizes that "transparent and accurate pricing is the foundation of an effective and efficient American economy, allowing consumers to make smart choices and to reward the providers of better goods and services;" and
WHEREAS, on January 18, 2017, the United States Department of Transportation, in a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, proposed that air carriers and ticket agents "should be required to clearly disclose, at all points of sale, customer-specific fee information wherever fare and schedule information is provided," in which baggage fee information is to be disclosed at the first point in a search process; and
WHEREAS, the United States Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on methods to protect consumers from hidden and deceptive fees and enable consumers to determine true costs in a fair and effective manner; and
WHEREAS, the City of Chicago is following our nation's lead by taking local action to ensure that Chicago-based businesses clearly advertise hidden fees so consumers ...

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