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Bartmann's 50-State Campaign: To Reform Debt Collecting Practices

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March 05, 2012

Bartmann's 50-State Campaign: To Reform Debt Collecting Practices

By Daniel Brecht
Contributing Writer

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In an attempt to help stop abusive debt-collection practices, Bill Bartmann is on a mission to help consumers come forward to sign a petition on his website, StopTheseCriminals.com. The objective is to ask Congress to put an end to abusive conduct by collection agencies and bring matters under control. Bartmann knows from his own experiences and from reviewing consumer complaints against collectors that it is necessary for Congress to update and expand the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), which is a federal law that regulates the conduct of bill collectors, to provide consumer protection against debt collector harassment and prevent the practice of illegal tactics to collect on late bills.


Bartmann has launched his national campaign to clean up the collection industry by proposing “The Bartmann Ethical Debt Collection Practices Act (SB 1430),”  which is an Oklahoma Senate Bill endorsed by AARP that looks at the rights, laws and conduct of debt collection agencies that use underhanded tactics to collect debts from consumers; he hopes that Congress will see the need for reform in the debt collection and debt buyer industries.

As the leader of a 50-state campaign and as chairman, CEO and founder of CFS II, which is a Tulsa-based debt-collection firm, Bill Bartmann is out to help stop criminal debt collectors from abusing helpless consumers. His 50-state campaign, proposed on February 29, 2012, in Topeka, Kan., serves as a model – for Kansas and other states – “to reform debt buyer and debt collection laws and curb abusive and harassing practices.”

Bill Bartmann’s 50-state campaign, “Stop These Criminals,” re-looks at the Regulation of Debt Collection Practices with the intent to “to curb rampant consumer abuse by unregulated bill collectors.” In Bartmann’s opinion, debt collectors are nothing more than criminals who use unfair practices to collect payments.

With the State Senator of District 35, Gary Stanislawski, already filing the Bartmann Ethical Debt Collection Practices Act (SB1430) in the Oklahoma State Senate, and now with the reform Debt Collecting Practices moving into Kansas, the Bartmann Bill for Ethical Debt Collection is on its way to have other states lawmakers take a stand against criminal debt collectors that abuse consumers.

In response to the consumer complaints against collectors — consumers that have already signed the petition on his website — Bartmann continues to target criminal debt collectors at a national level, having members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate make drastic legislative and regulatory reform changes: to enact changes and amend the current debt-collection rules, which he finds are unfair.

In summary, Bartmann’s 50-state campaign will help Americans to have fair debt collections and, if possible, get out of bad debt with dignity and respect. With local protection by their state’s authorities, it can be done, he says.




Edited by Rich Steeves


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