|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 08, 2014||referred to consumer protection|
|Jan 09, 2013||referred to consumer protection|
senate Bill S709
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S709 - Details
S709 - Summary
Provides for the regulation of the licensure and practice of immigration providers by the department of state in order to protect immigrants from exploitation.
S709 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S709 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general business law, in relation to immigration providers PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To establish a licensing requirement of immigration consultants by the state and to protect immigrants from fraudulent immigration consultants. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The bill amends General Business Article 28-C (Chapter 463). This legislation would grant New York State Department the power to issue licenses to immigration providers and require those who act as such to be so licensed. Licensees would be required to disclose all relevant information to the Department, including any prior convictions, to determine their eligibility for a license. At the time of licensing, they must file with secretary of state a surety bond.
S709 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 709 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sen. 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 immigration providers 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 460-k to read as follows: S 460-K. LICENSES. 1. THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE SHALL ISSUE LICENSES TO IMMIGRATION PROVIDERS AND, UPON APPLICATION, TO ISSUE RENEWAL LICENSES EVERY TWO YEARS. THE SECRETARY OF STATE SHALL ENFORCE THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ARTICLE GOVERNING THE FILING AND MAINTENANCE OF SURETY BONDS AND THE APPLICATION FOR LICENSURE AND/OR RENEWAL. 2. NO PERSON SHALL ENGAGE IN THE BUSINESS OF IMMIGRANT ASSISTANCE SERVICE AS DEFINED IN SECTION FOUR HUNDRED SIXTY-A OF THIS ARTICLE, OR ADVERTISE HIS OR HER BUSINESS TO BE THAT OF IMMIGRATION PROVIDER WITHOUT HAVING FIRST OBTAINED FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE A LICENSE TO DO SO, PURSUANT TO THIS ARTICLE. 3. NO PERSON SHALL DISSEMINATE BY ANY MEANS ANY STATEMENT INDICATING DIRECTLY OR BY IMPLICATION THAT THE PERSON ENGAGES IN THE BUSINESS OF IMMIGRANT ASSISTANCE SERVICE AS DEFINED IN SECTION FOUR HUNDRED SIXTY-A OF THIS ARTICLE OR ACTS IN THE CAPACITY OF AN IMMIGRATION PROVIDER, OR PROPOSES TO ENGAGE IN THE BUSINESS OR ACT IN THE CAPACITY OF AN IMMI- GRATION PROVIDER, UNLESS THE PERSON HAS ON FILE WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE A BOND AND LICENSE, IN THE AMOUNT AND SUBJECT TO THE TERMS DESCRIBED IN SECTION FOUR HUNDRED SIXTY-G OF THIS ARTICLE. 4. ANY PERSON INTENDING TO ENGAGE, AS AN IMMIGRATION PROVIDER, IN ANY ONE OR MORE OF THE ACTIVITIES SET FORTH IN THIS ARTICLE SHALL FILE WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE A WRITTEN APPLICATION AND DISCLOSURE, ON FORMS PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE, CONTAINING SUCH INFORMATION AND EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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