senate Bill S4298

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Requires banks to issue a credit card that does not permit cash advances

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S4298 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง515, Gen Bus L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S1950

S4298 - Bill Texts

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Requires that an issuer in the state of New York must offer a credit card that does not permit cash advances.

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BILL NUMBER:S4298

TITLE OF BILL:

An act
to amend the general business law, in relation to the issuance of credit
cards

PURPOSE:

Enactment of this legislation would require entities issuing credit
cards in New York State to also offer a credit card option which does
not permit the use of cash advances.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends Section 515 of the general business law, as amended
by chapter 1050 of the laws of 1971 by stating that any entity
issuing a credit card in this state must office a credit card option
which does not permit the use of cash advances.

EXISTING LAW:

No such provision exists under existing law.

JUSTIFICATION:

Paying with a credit card is an easy way to make purchases, but using
a card wisely and paying bills on time also helps in building a good
credit history, and that helps in establishing other types of credit.
In fact, people with good credit generally receive the best rates and
terms on mortgages and other loans.

Credit cards that offer advances usually first time card holders,
obtain cash from a bank or ATM. This cash may in turn used to buy
drugs or other illegal goods.

In most cases, when a credit card is used to withdraw cash, higher
fees come into play.

* a cash advance fee is normally an upfront fee 2% to 4% of the cash
advanced.
* the cash advance on the credit card always has a higher
interest rate than that applied to normal purchases.
* the interest starts as soon as you get the money out of the
ATM or from the bank teller.
* many of the credit card companies also require that you
payoff all the balance from your purchases before you begin to payoff
your cash advance.
* the average cash advance rate is 21.65% on all cards.

Banks and other entities say that cash advances are a risky business
they cost more to process and frequent users are more likely to default.
In fact, those that utilize the cash advance features are likely to
either make their payment late (Which results in a late fee or a hike
in interest rates) or default entirely, thereby ruining their future
credit Scores.

However, may responsible parents may want to provide their children
with the security that a credit card offers. By requiring financial
institutions to issue a credit card with an option to prohibit cash
advances parents have the ability to protect their children, their
credit ratings and their well being.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

S.1950 2008 - Referred to Consumer Protection.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  4298

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 28, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. CARLUCCI -- 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 the issuance of
  credit cards

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

  Section  1.  Section  515  of  the general business law, as amended by
chapter 1050 of the laws of 1971, is amended to read as follows:
  S  515.  Issuance  of  credit  cards.  1.  Notwithstanding  any  other
provision  of  law,  no person shall issue a credit card in violation of
the provisions of an act of congress entitled "Truth in Lending Act" and
the regulations thereunder, as such act and regulations may from time to
time be amended.
  2. AN ISSUER IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK MUST ALSO OFFER  A  CREDIT  CARD
OPTION WHICH DOES NOT PERMIT THE USE OF CASH ADVANCES.
  3.  The  issuance  of  a credit card in violation of the provisions of
subdivision one OR TWO of this section shall constitute a misdemeanor.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07472-01-1

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