senate Bill S6761

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Relates to the use of public benefit cards and SNAP benefits to purchase luxury food items

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Feb 17, 2016 referred to finance

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S6761 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§163-b & 163-c, Exec L; add §25, Gen Muni L

S6761 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to the use of public benefit cards and SNAP benefits to purchase luxury food items.

S6761 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S6761 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  6761

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 17, 2016
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. RITCHIE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance

AN ACT to amend the executive law and  the  general  municipal  law,  in
  relation  to  the  use  of supplemental nutritional assistance program
  benefits and public benefit cards

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

  Section  1.  The  executive  law is amended by adding two new sections
163-b to 163-c to read as follows:
  S 163-B. RESTRICTIONS ON USE OF PUBLIC BENEFIT CARDS. ANY STATE ENTITY
THAT ISSUES A PUBLIC BENEFIT CARD TO AN INDIVIDUAL FOR  THE  PURPOSE  OF
SUBSIDIZING THE COST OF FOOD FOR SUCH PERSON OR HIS OR HER FAMILY, SHALL
ENSURE  THAT  SUCH  CARDS MAY ONLY BE USED TO PURCHASE FOOD AND BEVERAGE
ITEMS THAT ARE NOT DEEMED LUXURY FOOD ITEMS BY THE OFFICE  OF  TEMPORARY
AND DISABILITY ASSISTANCE AND HAVE BEEN DECLARED EXEMPT FROM TAXATION BY
THE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE.
  S  163-C.  RESTRICTIONS  ON USE OF SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITIONAL ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM BENEFITS. THE OFFICE  OF  TEMPORARY  AND  DISABILITY  ASSISTANCE
SHALL ESTABLISH A LIST OF LUXURY FOOD ITEMS FOR WHICH THE USE OF SUPPLE-
MENTAL  NUTRITIONAL  ASSISTANCE PROGRAM BENEFITS OR PUBLIC BENEFIT CARDS
UNDER SECTION ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-THREE-B  OF  THIS  ARTICLE  AND  SECTION
TWENTY-FIVE OF THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW SHALL BE PROHIBITED.
  S  2.  The general municipal law is amended by adding a new section 25
to read as follows:
  S 25. RESTRICTIONS ON USE OF PUBLIC BENEFIT CARDS. ANY MUNICIPAL ENTI-
TY THAT ISSUES A PUBLIC BENEFIT CARD TO AN INDIVIDUAL FOR THE PURPOSE OF
SUBSIDIZING THE COST OF FOOD FOR SUCH PERSON OR HIS OR HER FAMILY, SHALL
ENSURE THAT SUCH CARDS MAY ONLY BE USED TO PURCHASE  FOOD  AND  BEVERAGE
ITEMS  THAT  ARE NOT DEEMED LUXURY FOOD ITEMS BY THE OFFICE OF TEMPORARY
AND DISABILITY ASSISTANCE AND HAVE BEEN DECLARED EXEMPT FROM TAXATION BY
THE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
have become a law.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13513-02-6

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