House Oks up to $1 gift card cash redemption

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut consumers with old gift cards worth less than $1 may soon be able to get the cash.

The House on Saturday voted 105-32 in favor of a bill that allows consumers to have the retailer cash in their cards with small remaining balances, with certain exceptions. The bill now moves to the Senate for further action.

Rep. Patricia Miller, a Democrat from Stamford, said she’s heard from constituents that they have cards with less than $1 left “that are sitting in a drawer.” She said consumers are entitled to that money.

But Rep. David Rutigliano, a Republican businessman from Trumbull, called the bill “a solution looking for a problem.” He said some businesses already cash out small remaining balances while other businesses don’t have the ability to do so.

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