Hotels Senator proposes bill barring hidden resort fees By Danny King / March 03, 2016 Share 1 -- U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) is proposing a bill mandating that hotels include resort fees and all other mandatory charges in the publication of their room rates. McCaskill introduced the bill last week and said the Federal Trade Commission should have authority to enforce full publication of charges or take civil action to hotel operators that fail to do so. “It’s clear there’s a bait-and-switch going on when it comes to these hidden hotel fees, and consumers are paying the price,” said McCaskill.McCaskill has been pushing for more transparent lodging prices since at least last summer, when she added a “Submit Your Scam” section to her website that encouraged her constituents to report on instances when they said they were misled on hotel charges.Fees that aren’t included in the base room price have been on the rise. Bjorn Hanson, clinical professor with the New York University Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism, foecasted last August that 2015 hotel fees and surcharges would rise 5% from the year before, to $2.47 billion, on a combination of increased hotel demand and hiked surcharges.