assembly Bill A7989

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Relates to the adjustment of penalties due to inflation

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 03, 2018 ordered to third reading cal.568
returned to assembly
died in senate
Jun 20, 2017 referred to rules
delivered to senate
passed assembly
Jun 15, 2017 ordered to third reading rules cal.351
rules report cal.351
Jun 12, 2017 reported referred to rules
Jun 07, 2017 reported referred to ways and means
reported referred to codes
May 24, 2017 referred to judiciary


A7989 (ACTIVE) - Details

Law Section:
State Finance Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §189, St Fin L

A7989 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to the adjustment of penalties due to inflation.

A7989 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2017-2018 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                              May 24, 2017

Introduced by M. of A. BARNWELL, WEINSTEIN -- (at request of the Depart-
  ment of Law) -- read once and referred to the Committee on Judiciary

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  state finance law, in relation to adjustment of
  penalties due to inflation


  Section 1. Legislative findings and intent. The legislature finds that
adjustment  of  the  minimum and maximum penalty amounts provided in New
York's False Claims Act is necessary in order for New York  to  maintain
compliance  with the federal Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, Social Secu-
rity Act § 1090(a) (the  "DRA")  by  providing  for  penalty  provisions
equally  effective  to  the federal False Claims Act.  The federal False
Claims Act, amended effective August 1, 2016, provides for adjustment of
federal civil penalties based on inflation; the New  York  False  Claims
Act  currently  provides  only  for  fixed  penalties. When state law is
compliant with the DRA, the state  is  entitled  to  receive  a  greater
percentage share of recoveries from enforcement actions concerning Medi-
caid  program funds, regardless of the actual amount of penalty imposed.
When state law falls out of compliance, the state is at risk  of  losing
tens of millions of dollars annually.  It is the legislative intent that
this act maintains the state's compliance with federal Deficit Reduction
Act  and  federal False Claims Act penalties without the need for legis-
lation enactments to adjust for inflation.
  § 2. Paragraph (h) of subdivision  1  of  section  189  of  the  state
finance law, as amended by section 8 of part A of chapter 56 of the laws
of 2013, is amended to read as follows:
  (h) knowingly conceals or knowingly and improperly avoids or decreases
an  obligation  to  pay  or transmit money or property to the state or a
local government, or conspires to do the same; shall be  liable  to  the
state  or  a local government, as applicable, for a civil penalty of not
less than six  thousand  dollars  and  not  more  than  twelve  thousand

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