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H.B. 452





Chief Sponsor: Stephen E. Sandstrom

Senate Sponsor: Jerry W. Stevenson

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Collection Agencies title to provide for the imposition of
             10      collection fees under certain circumstances.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides when a creditor may impose a collection fee;
             14          .    addresses the amount of a collection fee; and
             15          .    provides that the collection fee is in addition to any attorney fees.
             16      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          None
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      ENACTS:
             22          12-1-11, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             24      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             25          Section 1. Section 12-1-11 is enacted to read:
             26          12-1-11. Collection fee.
             27          (1) As used in this section:

             28          (a) "Creditor" is as defined in 15 U.S.C. Sec. 1692a.
             29          (b) "Debt" means an obligation or alleged obligation to pay money arising out of a
             30      transaction for money, property, insurance, or services.
             31          (c) "Debtor" means a person obligated or allegedly obligated to pay a debt.
             32          (d) "Third party debt collection agency" means:
             33          (i) a debt collector as defined in 15 U.S.C. Sec. 1692a; or
             34          (ii) a person who would be a debt collector under 15 U.S.C. Sec. 1692a, except that the
             35      person does not use an instrumentality of interstate commerce or the mail.
             36          (2) A creditor may require a debtor to pay a collection fee in addition to any other
             37      amount owed to the creditor for a debt if:
             38          (a) imposing a collection fee on the debtor or in relation to the debt is not prohibited or
             39      otherwise restricted by another federal or state law;
             40          (b) the creditor contracts with a third party debt collection agency to collect the debt;
             41          (c) the third party debt collection agency with which the creditor contracts is registered
             42      under this title;
             43          (d) there is a written agreement between the creditor and the debtor that:
             44          (i) creates the debt; and
             45          (ii) provides for the imposition of the collection fee in accordance with this section;
             46      and
             47          (e) the obligation to pay the collection fee is imposed at the time of assignment of the
             48      debt to a third party debt collection agency in accordance with an agreement described in
             49      Subsection (2)(d).
             50          (3) The creditor shall establish the amount of the collection fee imposed under this
             51      section, except that the amount may not exceed the lesser of:
             52          (a) the actual amount a creditor is required to pay a third party debt collection agency,
             53      regardless of whether that amount is a specific dollar amount or a percentage of the principal
             54      amount owed to the creditor for a debt; or
             55          (b) 40% of the principal amount owed to the creditor for a debt.
             56          (4) An obligation to pay a collection fee imposed under this section is in addition to
             57      any obligation to pay attorney fees that may otherwise exist.

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