In Maryland, lawmakers are crying foul over new techniques some credit card companies are quietly implementing. Some firms are abruptly canceling members’ accounts, while others are closely monitoring shoppers’ habits for potential risky behavior. We’ll explore lawmakers’ attempts to reform the industry and how the downturn is affecting credit card use around the nation.


  • Saqib Ali Member, Maryland House of Delegates (D- Dist. 39, Gaithersburg)
  • C. William Frick Member, Maryland House of Delegates (Democrat, District 16, Montgomery County)
  • Robert Manning Research Professor and Director of the Center for Consumer Financial Services, Rochester Institute of Technology; Author, "Credit Card Nation" (Basic Books)

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