HOUSE BILL 1983





                        57th Legislature

                2001 Regular Legislative Session


Passed by the House March 9, 2001

  Yeas 94   Nays 0




Speaker of the House of Representatives




Speaker of the House of Representatives





Passed by the Senate April 4, 2001

  Yeas 48   Nays 0



We, Timothy A. Martin and Cynthia Zehnder, Co-Chief Clerks of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is HOUSE BILL 1983  as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.




                          Chief Clerk




                          Chief Clerk

President of the Senate




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Governor of the State of Washington

                   Secretary of State

                  State of Washington



                          HOUSE BILL 1983



             Passed Legislature - 2001 Regular Session


State of Washington      57th Legislature     2001 Regular Session


By Representatives Benson and Hatfield


Read first time 02/12/2001.  Referred to Committee on Financial Institutions & Insurance.

Modifying "debt collector" so the term excludes affiliates of creditors that service creditor's accounts.

    AN ACT Relating to the collection of financial claims; and amending RCW 19.16.100.




    Sec. 1.  RCW 19.16.100 and 1994 c 195 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

    Unless a different meaning is plainly required by the context, the following words and phrases as hereinafter used in this chapter shall have the following meanings:

    (1) "Person" includes individual, firm, partnership, trust, joint venture, association, or corporation.

    (2) "Collection agency" means and includes:

    (a) Any person directly or indirectly engaged in soliciting claims for collection, or collecting or attempting to collect claims owed or due or asserted to be owed or due another person;

    (b) Any person who directly or indirectly furnishes or attempts to furnish, sells, or offers to sell forms represented to be a collection system or scheme intended or calculated to be used to collect claims even though the forms direct the debtor to make payment to the creditor and even though the forms may be or are actually used by the creditor himself or herself in his or her own name;

    (c) Any person who in attempting to collect or in collecting his or her own claim uses a fictitious name or any name other than his or her own which would indicate to the debtor that a third person is collecting or attempting to collect such claim.

    (3) "Collection agency" does not mean and does not include:

    (a) Any individual engaged in soliciting claims for collection, or collecting or attempting to collect claims on behalf of a licensee under this chapter, if said individual is an employee of the licensee;

    (b) Any individual collecting or attempting to collect claims for not more than one employer, if all the collection efforts are carried on in the name of the employer and if the individual is an employee of the employer;

    (c) Any person whose collection activities are carried on in his, her, or its true name and are confined and are directly related to the operation of a business other than that of a collection agency, such as but not limited to trust companies, savings and loan associations, building and loan associations, abstract companies doing an escrow business, real estate brokers, public officers acting in their official capacities, persons acting under court order, lawyers, insurance companies, credit unions, loan or finance companies, mortgage banks, and banks;

    (d) Any person who on behalf of another person prepares or mails monthly or periodic statements of accounts due if all payments are made to that other person and no other collection efforts are made by the person preparing the statements of account; ((or))

    (e) An "out-of-state collection agency" as defined in this chapter; or

    (f) Any person while acting as a debt collector for another person, both of whom are related by common ownership or affiliated by corporate control, if the person acting as a debt collector does so only for persons to whom it is so related or affiliated and if the principal business of the person is not the collection of debts.

    (4) "Out-of-state collection agency" means a person whose activities within this state are limited to collecting debts from debtors located in this state by means of interstate communications, including telephone, mail, or facsimile transmission, from the person's location in another state on behalf of clients located outside of this state, but does not include any person who is excluded from the definition of the term "debt collector" under the federal fair debt collection practices act (15 U.S.C. Sec. 1692a(6)).

    (5) "Claim" means any obligation for the payment of money or thing of value arising out of any agreement or contract, express or implied.

    (6) "Statement of account" means a report setting forth only amounts billed, invoices, credits allowed, or aged balance due.

    (7) "Director" means the director of licensing.

    (8) "Client" or "customer" means any person authorizing or employing a collection agency to collect a claim.

    (9) "Licensee" means any person licensed under this chapter.

    (10) "Board" means the Washington state collection agency board.

    (11) "Debtor" means any person owing or alleged to owe a claim.


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