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|Jan 08, 2014||referred to consumer protection|
|Jan 09, 2013||referred to consumer protection|
senate Bill S52
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S52 - Details
S52 - Summary
Requires debt collectors to send consumers a written notice of their rights under state law along with their initial debt collection correspondence; such notice would contain information such as who and when a principal creditor may contact a debtor about the debt owed as well as the fact that a principal creditor cannot disclose information affecting a consumer debtor's reputation for creditworthiness if the principal creditor knows or has reason to know such information is false; applies to consumer rather than commercial debts.
S52 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S52 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general business law and the executive law, in relation to debt collection notices PURPOSE: To provide a "Debtor's Bill of Rights" to inform consumers of certain provisions of New York's debt collection practices law. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill would set forth a specific notice to consumers, to be included in each initial correspondence on a past due debt, of such consumer's rights under the New York law regulating debt collection practices. The notice would contain information such as who and when a debt collector may contact a debtor about the debt owed as well as the fact that a debt collector cannot disclose information affecting a consumer debtor's reputation for creditworthiness if the debt collector knows or has reasons to know that the information is false. The bill also clarifies the notice regarding permissible contact with a debtor's employer (Debtor's Bill of Rights paragraph 2). Such notice will also be required to contain contact information for the New York State Consumer Protection Board and the Attorney General's Office.
S52 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 52 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sen. PERALTA -- 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 and the executive law, in relation to debt collection notices THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The general business law is amended by adding a new section 601-a to read as follows: S 601-A. DEBT COLLECTION NOTICE TO CONSUMERS. 1. AS USED IN THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERM SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANING: "DEBT COLLECTION AGENCY" SHALL MEAN A PERSON, FIRM OR CORPORATION ENGAGED IN BUSINESS, THE PRINCIPAL PURPOSE OF WHICH IS TO REGULARLY COLLECT OR ATTEMPT TO COLLECT DEBTS: (I) OWED OR DUE OR ASSERTED TO BE OWED OR DUE TO ANOTHER; OR (II) OBTAINED BY, OR ASSIGNED TO, SUCH PERSON, FIRM OR CORPORATION, THAT ARE IN DEFAULT WHEN OBTAINED OR ACQUIRED BY SUCH PERSON, FIRM OR CORPORATION. SUCH TERM SHALL NOT INCLUDE: (I) ANY OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE OF A CREDITOR WHILE, IN THE NAME OF THE CREDITOR, COLLECTING DEBTS FOR SUCH CREDITOR; (II) ANY PERSON WHILE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTION AGENCY FOR ANOTHER PERSON, BOTH OF WHOM ARE RELATED BY COMMON OWNERSHIP OR AFFILIATED BY CORPORATE CONTROL, IF THE PERSON ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTION AGENCY DOES SO ONLY FOR PERSONS TO WHOM IT IS SO RELATED OR AFFILIATED AND IF THE PRINCIPAL BUSINESS OF SUCH PERSON IS NOT THE COLLECTION OF DEBTS; (III) ANY PERSON WHILE SERVING OR ATTEMPTING TO SERVE LEGAL PROCESS ON ANY OTHER PERSON IN CONNECTION WITH THE JUDICIAL ENFORCEMENT OF ANY DEBT; (IV) ANY ATTORNEY-AT-LAW OR LAW FIRM COLLECTING A DEBT IN SUCH CAPACI- TY ON BEHALF OF AND IN THE NAME OF A CLIENT THROUGH LEGAL ACTIVITIES SUCH AS THE FILING AND PROSECUTION OF LAWSUITS TO REDUCE DEBTS TO JUDG- MENTS, BUT NOT ANY ATTORNEY-AT-LAW OR LAW FIRM WHICH REGULARLY ENGAGES EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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