Mary Ann believes in protecting all Texans and has worked tirelessly to pass legislation with the safety of consumers in mind.
During the 86th Legislative Session, she authored three bills relating to card skimming at gas pumps. Credit card skimming is a rapidly growing problem and data show that Texas leads the nation in this type of crime. Harris County is a huge hotspot due to its high population, numerous gas pumps and high rate of mobility for motorists.
Card skimming affects banks, merchants, and most of all, consumers. It is a major inconvenience for consumers, whose personal account information has been compromised, and results in millions of dollars in financial losses for banks throughout the state.
After months of negotiations and stakeholder meetings, gas station owners, state agencies, financial institutions and law enforcement came together in agreement to combat card skimmers at gas pumps. House Bills 2945, 2624 and 2625 help address this problem.
House Bill 2945 gives the Attorney General rulemaking authority to implement “best practices” in order to prevent skimmer installations on gas pumps. The bill also creates a payment fraud fusion center, which provides law enforcement with a centralized location and the tools necessary to investigate financial crimes. This improves investigations, ensures consumer information is confidential, creates stronger reporting, and best practices for merchants in fraud cases.
House Bill 2624 allows offenders of payment fraud to be prosecuted in any county in which the crime was committed, or in any county in which a victim whose information was stolen resides.
Lastly, House Bill 2625 provides penalties to criminals who are caught with multiple counterfeit cards.