senate Bill S1987

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Creates a deadbeats most wanted list

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 05, 2012 referred to social services
delivered to assembly
passed senate
May 14, 2012 advanced to third reading
May 09, 2012 2nd report cal.
May 08, 2012 1st report cal.717
Feb 07, 2012 reported and committed to finance
Jan 04, 2012 referred to social services
Jan 14, 2011 referred to social services

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May 8, 2012 - Finance committee Vote

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Aye
5
Nay
9
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
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Abstained
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Feb 7, 2012 - Social Services committee Vote

S1987
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5
Aye
1
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Social Services Committee Vote: Feb 7, 2012

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S1987 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10599
Current Committee:
Assembly Social Services
Law Section:
Social Services Law
Laws Affected:
Add §111-w, amd §111-v, Soc Serv L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S7173

S1987 - Bill Texts

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Authorizes the creation of a child support deadbeats most wanted list.

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BILL NUMBER:S1987

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the social services law, in relation to
authorizing the creation
of a deadbeats most wanted list

PURPOSE:
Creates a deadbeats most wanted list website to locate those
in arrears of child support of more than ten thousand dollars.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
A new section 111-w of the social services law
is added to require the office of temporary and disability assistance
to compile, disclose and publish at regular intervals a deadbeats
most wanted list of individuals who are in arrears of their child
support obligations under a court or administrative order.

The list would consist of those who are more than ten thousand dollars
in arrears. The list shall include the individual's name, physical
description, last known address and photograph if available. The list
shall be used for the purposes of locating delinquent individuals and
shall consist of up to 500 individuals at one time and is to be
posted on the OTDA website and made available to local child support
collection units.

Prior to the posting of one's information on the website, the OTDA is
to attempt to notify the individual about the potential posting and
provide him or her with the opportunity to prevent the posting by
either paying the child support owed or enter into an agreement with
the child support collection agency to make payments.

An individual's information shall he removed from the list upon paying
the balance of child support owed, making three consecutive payments
as per an agreement with the office, or submission to the office of a
certified copy of a court or administrative order stating that the
individual is not responsible for the payments.

EXISTING LAW:
None.

JUSTIFICATION:
Statistics show that in 2009 more than $648 million
that was owed to New York's children went uncollected, including $317
million owed to New York City children. This amount uncollected is up
$64 million since 2003.

This proposal would require the creation of a new Office of Temporary
and Disability Assistance website that would post photographs and
identifying information of individuals who are more than $10,000 in
arrears on their child support payments. Posting this information
would encourage the public to notify authorities regarding the
whereabouts of such individuals. In addition, the website would also
help pressure more individuals to make good on their payments in
order to avoid the potential shame and embarrassment of having such


information made public. Other states, such as Illinois and Delaware,
currently utilize such web sites.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Minimal.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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

                                  1987

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 14, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. GOLDEN, BONACIC -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Social Services

AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to authorizing  the
  creation of a deadbeats most wanted list

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

  Section 1. The social services law is amended by adding a new  section
111-w to read as follows:
  S  111-W.  "DEADBEATS MOST WANTED LIST"; WEBSITE; COORDINATED ARRESTS.
1. DEFINITIONS. AS USED IN THIS SECTION: (A) "OFFICE" MEANS  THE  OFFICE
OF TEMPORARY AND DISABILITY ASSISTANCE; AND (B) "COMMISSIONER" MEANS THE
COMMISSIONER OF TEMPORARY AND DISABILITY ASSISTANCE.
  2.  THE  DEPARTMENT,  THROUGH  THE  OFFICE,  SHALL  COMPILE, AND SHALL
DISCLOSE AND PUBLISH AT  REGULAR  INTERVALS  A  "DEADBEATS  MOST  WANTED
LIST",  COMPRISED  OF  INDIVIDUALS  WHO  ARE  IN  ARREARS IN THEIR CHILD
SUPPORT OBLIGATIONS UNDER A COURT  OR  ADMINISTRATIVE  ORDER.  THE  LIST
SHALL INCLUDE ONLY THOSE PERSONS WHO ARE IN ARREARS IN AN AMOUNT GREATER
THAN TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS, SUCH OTHER AMOUNT AS ESTABLISHED FROM TIME TO
TIME  BY  THE COMMISSIONER, AND SHALL SET FORTH IDENTIFYING INFORMATION,
INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE NAME AND LAST  KNOWN  ADDRESS  OF  THE
INDIVIDUAL  OWING THE ARREARAGE, A PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION OF SUCH INDIVID-
UAL AND A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE INDIVIDUAL IF  AVAILABLE,  THE  INDIVIDUAL'S
OCCUPATION,  THE  AMOUNT  OF  ANY CHILD SUPPORT ARREARAGE, THE NUMBER OF
CHILDREN FOR WHOM SUPPORT IS OWED,  AND  ANY  OTHER  INFORMATION  DEEMED
APPROPRIATE  BY THE OFFICE. THE LIST SHALL NOT EXCEED FIVE HUNDRED INDI-
VIDUALS AT ANY GIVEN TIME.
  3. THE "DEADBEATS MOST WANTED LIST" SHALL BE  MADE  AVAILABLE  BY  THE
OFFICE THROUGH ITS WEBSITE, AND SHALL BE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION
AND  DISSEMINATION  AT  EACH  FACILITY  OF THE OFFICE, INCLUDING BUT NOT
LIMITED TO, THE OFFICE OF EACH SUPPORT COLLECTION UNIT. NOTHING IN  THIS

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04276-01-1

S. 1987                             2

SECTION  SHALL PROHIBIT OTHER PUBLICATION OF THE LIST AS DIRECTED BY THE
COMMISSIONER.
  4.  THE  LIST  SHALL  BE  USED FOR THE PURPOSES OF LOCATING DELINQUENT
INDIVIDUALS AND ASSISTING WITH THE ENFORCEMENT OF ORDERS  DIRECTING  THE
PAYMENT  OF  SUPPORT,  AND  FOR  SUCH OTHER PURPOSES AS THE COMMISSIONER
DEEMS APPROPRIATE.
  5. AT LEAST NINETY DAYS PRIOR TO THE  DISCLOSURE  OF  AN  INDIVIDUAL'S
INFORMATION  ON  THE LIST, THE OFFICE SHALL MAIL A WRITTEN NOTICE TO THE
INDIVIDUAL BY CERTIFIED MAIL ADDRESSED TO THE  INDIVIDUAL'S  LAST  KNOWN
HOME  ADDRESS.  THE  NOTICE SHALL DETAIL THE AMOUNT OF THE ARREARAGE AND
THE OFFICE'S INTENT TO DISCLOSE THE ARREARAGE. IF THE ARREARAGE  IS  NOT
PAID  IN  FULL  WITHIN NINETY DAYS AFTER THE NOTICE WAS DELIVERED TO THE
INDIVIDUAL OR THE OFFICE HAS BEEN NOTIFIED THAT DELIVERY WAS REFUSED  OR
OTHERWISE  NOT SUCCESSFUL, AND THE INDIVIDUAL HAS NOT, SINCE THE MAILING
OF THE NOTICE, ENTERED INTO A WRITTEN  AGREEMENT  WITH  THE  OFFICE  FOR
PAYMENT  OF  THE  ARREARAGE OR HAS ENTERED INTO A WRITTEN AGREEMENT WITH
THE OFFICE FOR PAYMENT OF THE ARREARAGE, THE  OFFICE  MAY  DISCLOSE  THE
INDIVIDUAL'S ARREARAGE UNDER SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION.
  6. NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISION FIVE OF THIS SECTION,
INFORMATION  CONCERNING  AN  INDIVIDUAL  IN  ARREARS IN HIS OR HER CHILD
SUPPORT OBLIGATIONS UNDER A COURT OR ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER IS NOT SUBJECT
TO DISCLOSURE UNDER SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION IF:  (A)  A  WRITTEN
AGREEMENT  FOR  PAYMENT EXISTS BETWEEN THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE OFFICE, OR
(B) THE ARREARAGE IS THE SUBJECT OF AN ADMINISTRATIVE HEARING,  ADMINIS-
TRATIVE REVIEW, OR JUDICIAL REVIEW.  NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION
OF THIS SECTION, IF AN INDIVIDUAL FAILS TO COMPLY IN FULL WITH AN AGREE-
MENT  MADE  BETWEEN  THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE OFFICE, THE OFFICE MAY PLACE
THE INDIVIDUAL'S INFORMATION ON THE LIST AGAIN WITHOUT BEING REQUIRED TO
GIVE NOTICE AS PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION FIVE OF THIS SECTION.
  7. AN INDIVIDUAL'S INFORMATION SHALL BE REMOVED FROM THE WEBSITE UPON:
(A) FULL PAYMENT OF THE ARREARAGE;  (B)  PAYMENT  OF  THREE  CONSECUTIVE
PAYMENTS  MADE  UNDER AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE OFFICE
PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION FIVE OF THIS SECTION; OR (C) SUBMISSION  TO  THE
OFFICE  OF A CERTIFIED COPY OF A COURT OR ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER DIRECTING
THAT THE INDIVIDUAL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PAYMENTS  COMPRISING  THE
ARREARAGE.    SUCH INFORMATION SHALL BE REMOVED FROM PRINTED VERSIONS OF
THE LIST AT THE TIME OF THE NEXT PRINTING OF SUCH VERSION.
  8. A DISCLOSURE MADE BY THE OFFICE IN A GOOD FAITH  EFFORT  TO  COMPLY
WITH  THIS  SECTION SHALL NOT BE CONSIDERED A VIOLATION OF ANY CONFIDEN-
TIALITY LAWS.
  9. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PROMULGATE SUCH RULES AND REGULATIONS AS  HE
OR SHE DEEMS NECESSARY TO EFFECTUATE THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION.
  S  2.  Section 111-v of the social services law is amended by adding a
new subdivision 6 to read as follows:
  6. THE DISCLOSURE OR PUBLICATION  OF  INFORMATION  ON  THE  DELINQUENT
OBLIGOR'S  SUPPORT  LIST AND WEBSITE, AS PROVIDED IN SECTION ONE HUNDRED
ELEVEN-W OF THIS TITLE SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED TO BE A VIOLATION  OF  THE
PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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