Amend the bill by striking out everything after the enacting clause and before the summary and inserting the following:
‘Sec. 1. 10 MRSA c. 208-C is enacted to read:
Sec. 2. Application. This Act applies only to an agreement entered into or renewed after January 1, 2014 under which a business makes an automatic renewal subscription offer to a consumer in this State.’
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill:
1. It removes from the provisions of the bill newspapers, magazines, journals and periodicals and online news sources, including online versions of newspapers, and cable and Internet services, but retains online magazines, journals and periodicals, online media players, social networking services and Internet game services;
2. It restricts the application of the bill to only those subscriptions that are automatically renewed at the end of a definite term for a subsequent term, unless the consumer cancels the agreement;
3. It removes provisions in the bill detailing the methods by which a subscriber must be allowed to cancel a subscription and instead requires a business that makes an automatic renewal subscription offer to a consumer in this State to present the consumer with an easily accessible disclosure of the methods the consumer may use to cancel the subscription, which must include online cancellation; and
4. It adds an application section to provide that the Act only applies to agreements entered into or renewed after January 1, 2014. It provides that the provisions do not apply to an entity that provides the host platform on the website of an Internet game service.