In 30 states and the District of Columbia, attorneys general are urging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to adopt new debt collection rules that will "better protect consumers and military service members."

Among the recommendations from the state regulators in comments submitted to the CFPB: give states co-enforcement authority to address violations of collection rules; apply collection rules to original creditors as well as to debt buyers; require those who sell debts to transfer detailed original account information; require collectors to extend traditional collection protections to new modes of communication - such as cell phones and text messages; ensure collectors possess credible supporting evidence before starting collections or legal activity; and better protect service members by limiting collectors' contacts to them, particularly to those in combat zones.

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