- Expands the statutory list of state laws for which the attorney general may bring civil and criminal enforcement actions to include various statutory provisions relating to housing;
- Creates the fair housing unit within the department of law; and
- When there is reason to believe that there is a potential violation of law that risks consumer harm, public health, or public safety, or that is based on a substantiated complaint, authorizes the attorney general to investigate any person or organization as often as necessary in order to carry out the purposes of statutory provisions governing the department of law. The attorney general may direct or subpoena any person whose testimony may be required about potential violations of law and may direct or subpoena the person to produce records the attorney general considers relevant to the inquiry. The bill does not limit the scope of the attorney general's authority to review and investigate potential violations of law or harm discovered in the course of an investigation.
Nothing in the bill impacts or affects banking examinations and regulations promulgated by primary federal and state banking authorities, notwithstanding the attorney general's existing legal authority.
(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)