Texas Outlaws Debit Surcharges — Are More Bans Coming?

June 24, 2013
American Banker  
credit card news

The state of Texas has passed a law that prohibits merchants from imposing surcharges when customers use their debit cards. The Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT), which spearheaded the law, explained in a document on its Web site that financial ties between "big-box stores" and the largest banks could "steer" customers toward those particular banks by making it more expensive for customers of smaller community banks to use their debit cards. IBAT Executive Vice President Stephen Scurlock says he does not know of any retailers that are currently levying a surcharge on debit-card purchases, but he says his group believes it is possible. Texas is the second in the nation to prohibit surcharges on debit-card transactions. Maine enacted a law two years ago that abolishes the fees not only on debit-card purchases but credit card transactions as well.
Web Link -
May Require Paid Subscription 







Abstract News © Copyright 2008-2013 INFORMATION, INC.
Powered by Information, Inc.

Stay Updated

Join the fight against predatory lending. Enter your e-mail to sign up for breaking news, action alerts, and CRL's original research.

   Please leave this field empty
  

Help Us End Predatory Lending

Predatory lending destroys family wealth, and preys on our most vulnerable communities. You can help us end abusive lending practices by donating to CRL, or by sharing our work with others.



`