lawmakers seized on [credit reporting agencies] fading resistance Wednesday to pass a bill that allows residents to stop credit reporting agencies from releasing their information without written permission.
The proposal passed 167-2 would charge consumers up to $3 charge for each security freeze, a total of $9 for the three reporting agencies. It also would allow agencies to charge $3 for consumers to lift it permanently or “thaw” their accounts temporarily when applying for credit.
It now must be approved by the Senate before it goes to Gov. Sonny Perdue’s desk.