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BULLETSt. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 3.36 Department of Welfare Part XIV

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Chapter 3.36
Department of Welfare
PART XIV. OFFICE OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS

Sections:

3.36.680 Established--Supervisor.
3.36.685 Citizens' consumer advisory committee.
3.36.690 Duties.
3.36.695 Development of comprehensive consumer legislation.
3.36.700 Special research projects.
3.36.705 Private local groups.
3.36.710 Investigations.
3.36.715 Representation for consumer interests.
3.36.720 Compensation.

3.36.680 Established--Supervisor.

There is established an office of consumer affairs, hereafter referred to as "the Office," which shall be in the department of welfare under the direction of a supervisor and staff appointed and compensated in accordance with Article XVIII of the charter.
(Ord. 55318 1, 1969: 1960 C. 36.010.)

3.36.685 Citizens' consumer advisory committee.

There shall be a citizens' consumer advisory committee connected to the office consisting of nine persons, resident in and citizens of the City to be appointed by the Mayor for terms of three years each, but of the first nine appointed three shall be appointed for a term of one year, three for a term of two years and three for a term of three years after which all appointees shall serve for three years and until their successors are duly appointed and qualified. The members of the citizens' consumer advisory committee shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for any reasonable expenses connected with their service.
(Ord. 55318 2, 1969: 1960 C. 36.020.)

3.36.690 Duties.

It shall be the duty of the office to:

A. Plan, make recommendations, conduct research and develop programs for consumer education and protection;

B. Facilitate the exchange and dissemination of information on consumer affairs, in conjunction with municipal agencies, federal and state agencies, commercial interests, private groups and others working to this end;

C. Assist in the coordination of federal, state, and municipal activities relating to consumer affairs;

D. Provide for the dissemination to commercial interests, private groups, agencies and other interested citizens' explanations of state and federal legislation relating to consumer affairs;

E. Appear before governmental departments, agencies and commissions to represent and be heard on behalf of the consumer interests;

F. Assist citizens in the processing of complaints arising under appropriate state and federal legislation.
(Ord. 55318 3, 1969: 1960 C. 36.030.)

3.36.695 Development of comprehensive consumer legislation.

Within two years after April 17, 1969, following examinations of comparative laws wherever they may exist and the holding of well noticed public hearings which may, if appropriate, be dispersed among the several City wards, the supervisor of consumer affairs in consultation with the citizens' consumer advisory committee shall develop and submit an ordinance or ordinances proposing comprehensive consumer legislation for the aid, control and protection of merchants and consumers in their relations and affairs with each other. Such legislation may include:

A. Injunctive power to enforce City ordinances relating to consumer affairs;

B. Ordinances covering fraudulent advertising, home mortgage purchases, usurous credit charges, repair services operating on the premises of citizens;

C. Other matters reasonably related to or considered within the purview of consumer affairs.
(Ord. 55318 4, 1969: 1960 C. 36.040.)

3.36.700 Special research projects.

The office shall have the power of conducting special research projects relating to matters of public interest in the field of consumer affairs. In so doing, it shall utilize to the maximum feasible extent the findings of other bodies in similar fields, but shall not be bound by the findings of other bodies. The reports shall be published from time to time as the supervisor deems necessary.
(Ord. 55318 5, 1969: 1960 C. 36.050.)

3.36.705 Private local groups.

The office shall encourage the development of private local groups devoted to the best interest of healthy consumer-merchant relations and shall assist and advise such groups however their formation is derived.
(Ord. 55318 6, 1969: 1960 C. 36.060.)

3.36.710 Investigations.

The office shall conduct investigations of alleged fraudulent advertising where noticed or upon being alerted, of charged credit abuses, and other matters reasonably considered within the purview of consumer affairs. If suspected violations of law are discovered, the information of such suspected violations shall be forwarded to the office of the law department, or the appropriate state, federal, or other government agency having jurisdiction in such matters.
(Ord. 55318 7, 1969: 1960 C. 36.070.)

3.36.715 Representation for consumer interests.

The office shall appear before and represent the interests of the consumer before all regulatory bodies, commissions, and state and federal offices relating to consumer affairs and shall publicize and disseminate all appropriate findings and rulings concerning consumer interests resulting from such representation.
(Ord. 55318 8, 1969: 1960 C. 36.080.)

3.36.720 Compensation.

Compensation for the employees of the office of consumer affairs shall be determined by the civil service commission as provided under Article XVIII of the Charter.
(Ord. 55318 9, 1969: 1960 C 36.090.)

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