|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Mar 12, 2012||committee discharged and committed to rules|
|Mar 08, 2012||notice of committee consideration - requested|
|Jan 04, 2012||referred to consumer protection|
|Jan 05, 2011||referred to consumer protection|
senate Bill S131
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S131 - Details
S131 - Summary
Enacts the fair debt collection practices act; prohibits debt collectors and creditors from attempting to collect debts by threatening violence, falsely accusing any person of fraud or of a crime, making or threatening to make false accusations to a credit reporting agency, falsely threatening that non-payment will result in arrest, or making other groundless threats; prohibits certain harassing activities by debt collectors; establishes rules for contacting third parties and consumers… (view more) provides for private right of action and enforcement by attorney general.
S131 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S131 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general business law, in relation to regulation of debt collection; and to repeal article 29-H of such law relating thereto PURPOSE: Under present law consumers, creditors, and debt collection agencies are subjected to vague and inconsistent protection and regulation in relation to permissible and impermissible consumer debt collection practices. While the current federal debt collection statute and the New York City regulation governing debt collection agencies and creditors both provide detailed descriptions of prohibited practices; current State law is vague, overly general, and thus inconsistent with federal and City mandates. This bill will insure uniformity among the three laws. As a result, businesses will no longer be subjected to the uncertainty of enforcement inherent in a system governed by radically inconsistent statutes. In short, the bill would provide the business community with a detailed description of proscribed and acceptable practices so as to facilitate compliance with the law. Moreover, New York State consumers will receive the additional
S131 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 131 2011-2012 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________ Introduced by Sens. PERALTA, PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Consumer Protection AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to regulation of debt collection; and to repeal article 29-H of such law relating ther- eto THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Article 29-H of the general business law is REPEALED and a new article 29-H is added to read as follows: ARTICLE 29-H FAIR DEBT COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT SECTION 600. DEFINITIONS. 601. PROHIBITED PRACTICES. 602. CREDITORS AND DEBT COLLECTORS. 603. ENFORCEMENT. 603-A. SEPARABILITY CLAUSE. S 600. DEFINITIONS. AS USED IN THIS ARTICLE UNLESS THE CONTEXT REQUIRES OTHERWISE THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEAN- INGS: 1. "PERSON" MEANS ANY NATURAL PERSON, CORPORATION, SOLE PROPRIETOR- SHIP, BUSINESS, TRUST, PARTNERSHIP, INCORPORATED OR UNINCORPORATED ASSO- CIATION, ESTATE, CO-OPERATIVE OR ANY OTHER LEGAL ENTITY EXCEPT ANY OFFI- CER OR EMPLOYEE OF THE UNITED STATES OR ANY STATE TO THE EXTENT THAT COLLECTING OR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT ANY DEBT CONSTITUTES THE PERFORMANCE OF OFFICIAL DUTIES. 2. "DEBT" MEANS ANY OBLIGATION OR ALLEGED OBLIGATION OF A CONSUMER TO PAY MONEY ARISING OUT OF A TRANSACTION IN WHICH THE MONEY, PROPERTY, INSURANCE OR SERVICES WHICH ARE THE RESULT OF THE TRANSACTION ARE PRIMA- EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03295-01-1
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