110 on Capitol Hill named as thwarting consumers

Six consumer groups tabbed five senators and 105 House members winners of ''The 1982 Special Interest Sweepstakes'' for backing five bills the organizations described as harmful to consumers.

The consumer groups said they'd like people back home to ask their congressman which side he's on before they vote Nov. 2 because the bills are the kind that lawmakers try to slip by constituents in favor of Washington lobbyists. The bills include a resolution vetoing a proposed Federal Trade Commission rule requiring used-car dealers to disclose known defects in cars for sale; an antitrust exemption for the beer industry; an exemption from FTC prosecution for doctors, dentists, and other high-income professionals; a special exemption to patent laws for the drug industry; and a requirement for individuals but not corporations to repay debts after filing for bankruptcy.

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