Members of the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals (ACA International) gathered in Washington, D.C., Sept. 19 and 20 to meet with their elected representatives and help advocate for the association’s legislative and regulatory agenda. Members focused their messages on several critical issues facing the industry, including amending the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA); amending the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) to fix the inherent Catch-22 when leaving messages; and ensuring the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau protects consumers without causing undue harm or burden on businesses.
PRC believes these Fly-Ins are an important opportunity to effect positive change in the receivables management and collections industries. As such, we send representatives each year to participate. This year our Compliance Officer, René Dillard, attended the Fly-In to represent PRC as well as the interests of our colleagues throughout the state of North Carolina.
Meetings were held with U.S. Rep. David Price, who was interested in amending the FDCPA as it relates to leaving messages and who has offered to co-sponsor this change. René also met with Curtis Davis of Senator Kay Hagan’s office and Chris Toppings from Senator Richard Burr’s office. While there is still much work to be done creating new legislation and refining existing laws to fairly (and clearly) regulate the collection industry while still protecting the rights of consumers, we feel that the Fly-In was a great success and we look forward to the next one.