senate Bill S1303

Amended

Relates to the publication by the state of the receipt of unclaimed funds

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 06 / May / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.547
  • 07 / May / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 08 / May / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 21 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO WAYS AND MEANS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 21 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 21 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 1303A

Summary

Relates to the publication by the state of the receipt of unclaimed funds.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2258
Versions:
S1303
S1303A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Abandoned Property Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §1402, Ab Prop L; amd §103, St Tech L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S899A, A10185
2009-2010: S3193, S3193

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BILL NUMBER:S1303

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the abandoned property law and the state technology law, in
relation to unclaimed funds

PURPOSE:
The purpose of this bill is to eliminate barriers for the visually
impaired to access and obtain unclaimed funds from the state
comptroller's office, and ensure that all New Yorkers are made aware
that they can obtain unclaimed funds directly from the state free of
charge.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 Paragraph (b) of subdivision 1 of section 1402 of the
abandoned property law is re-lettered paragraph (c) and a new
paragraph (b) is added to require the state comptroller twice a year
to publish via newspaper a statement of what abandoned property is
held by the state. The publication would also include, in type
sufficient for a visually impaired person to read, a notice that a
large print listing of abandoned property can be obtained by writing
the state
comptroller's office.

Section 2 amends section 103 of the state technology law by adding a
subdivision 18 requiring the Office of Information Technology
Services to consult with the state commission on the blind and
visually handicapped to develop accessibility standards for typeface
and font size that would assist the visually impaired.

JUSTIFICATION:
New Yorkers with visual impairments have difficulty determining
whether they have unclaimed funds held by the state comptroller.
Notification provisions have never been friendly to those with visual
impairment. As
a result, many New Yorkers are unaware that they have unclaimed funds.
This legislation would require the comptroller to include a notice
that readers may obtain a large print copy of the unclaimed funds
list by writing the comptroller's office or having a search conducted
for them by calling a designated number. The notice must appear in
font-size determined by the New York State Office for Technology;
therefore, making the information readily available to the visually
impaired.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This legislation was previously introduced.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This Act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have
become law.


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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1303

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance

AN ACT to amend the abandoned property law and the state technology law,
  in relation to unclaimed funds

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 1 of section 1402 of the aban-
doned  property  law is relettered paragraph (c) and a new paragraph (b)
is added to read as follows:
  (B) IN ADDITION TO THE LIST REQUIRED BY PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVI-
SION, EACH SEPTEMBER AND MARCH, THE STATE COMPTROLLER SHALL PUBLISH IN A
NEWSPAPER, AS PROVIDED BY SECTION ONE THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED TEN OF  THIS
ARTICLE,  A  STATEMENT  OF  ABANDONED  PROPERTY  PAID TO AND HELD BY THE
STATE, FOR THE RESPECTIVE ANNUAL PERIODS JUNE  FIRST,  THROUGH  NOVEMBER
THIRTIETH  AND DECEMBER FIRST, THROUGH MAY THIRTY-FIRST.  EACH AND EVERY
TIME THE COMPTROLLER PUBLISHES SUCH A STATEMENT, HE OR SHE SHALL INCLUDE
A NOTICE THAT READERS MAY OBTAIN A LARGE PRINT  COPY  OF  THE  UNCLAIMED
FUNDS  LIST  BY  WRITING  THE  COMPTROLLER'S  OFFICE  OR  HAVE  A SEARCH
CONDUCTED FOR THEM BY CALLING A  DESIGNATED  NUMBER.  THIS  NOTICE  MUST
APPEAR  IN  TYPEFACE  AND  FONT-SIZE  ESTABLISHED  BY THE NEW YORK STATE
OFFICE FOR TECHNOLOGY TO ASSIST THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED  AND  INCLUDE  THE
PHONE  NUMBER  AND  MAILING  ADDRESS TO THE NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF THE
STATE COMPTROLLER, OFFICE OF UNCLAIMED FUNDS.
  S 2. Section 103 of the state technology law is amended  by  adding  a
new subdivision 18 to read as follows:
  18.  TO  CONSULT  WITH  THE COMMISSION ON THE BLIND AND VISUALLY HAND-
ICAPPED TO DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN ACCESSIBILITY STANDARDS FOR TYPEFACE AND
FONT SIZE TO ASSIST THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth  day  after  it  shall
have become a law.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03547-01-3

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