assembly Bill A711

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Requires debt collectors to inform debtors that written communications are available in large print format

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jul 20, 2020 referred to rules
delivered to senate
passed assembly
Jan 08, 2020 ordered to third reading cal.35
returned to assembly
died in senate
Mar 27, 2019 referred to consumer protection
delivered to senate
passed assembly
Mar 14, 2019 advanced to third reading cal.125
Mar 12, 2019 reported
Mar 05, 2019 reported referred to codes
Jan 09, 2019 referred to consumer affairs and protection

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A711 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S4394
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§600 & 602, add §601-b, Gen Bus L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A5438
2013-2014: A374, S5386
2015-2016: A1933, S2515
2017-2018: A5237, A7860, S2199

A711 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires debt collectors to inform debtors in each initial communication that written communications are available in large print format.

A711 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                   711

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M.  of  A. NIOU, WRIGHT -- read once and referred to the
  Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection

AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to requiring  debt
  collectors to inform debtors that written communications are available
  in large print format

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

  Section 1. Section 600 of the  general  business  law  is  amended  by
adding three new subdivisions 5, 6 and 7 to read as follows:
  5. "COMMUNICATION" SHALL MEAN THE CONVEYING OF INFORMATION REGARDING A
DEBT DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY TO ANY PERSON THROUGH ANY MEDIUM.
  6.  "DEBT" MEANS ANY OBLIGATION OR ALLEGED OBLIGATION OF A CONSUMER TO
PAY MONEY ARISING OUT OF A TRANSACTION IN  WHICH  THE  MONEY,  PROPERTY,
INSURANCE,  OR  SERVICES  WHICH  ARE  THE SUBJECT OF THE TRANSACTION ARE
PRIMARILY FOR PERSONAL, FAMILY, OR HOUSEHOLD PURPOSES,  WHETHER  OR  NOT
SUCH OBLIGATION HAS BEEN REDUCED TO JUDGMENT.
  7.  "DEBT  COLLECTOR"  MEANS  AN INDIVIDUAL WHO, AS PART OF HIS OR HER
JOB, REGULARLY COLLECTS OR ATTEMPTS TO COLLECT DEBTS: (A) OWED OR DUE OR
ASSERTED TO BE OWED OR DUE TO ANOTHER; OR (B) OBTAINED BY,  OR  ASSIGNED
TO,  SUCH PERSON, FIRM OR CORPORATION, THAT ARE IN DEFAULT WHEN OBTAINED
OR ACQUIRED BY SUCH PERSON, FIRM OR CORPORATION.
  § 2. The general business law is amended by adding a new section 601-b
to read as follows:
  § 601-B. LARGE PRINT NOTICES. 1. EACH AND EVERY PRINCIPAL CREDITOR  OR
DEBT  COLLECTOR  SHALL,  IN  EACH  INITIAL  COMMUNICATION,  CLEARLY  AND
CONSPICUOUSLY DISCLOSE TO THE DEBTOR THAT  WRITTEN  COMMUNICATIONS  FROM
THE  PRINCIPAL  CREDITOR  OR  DEBT  COLLECTOR MAY BE RECEIVED IN A LARGE
PRINT FORMAT. UPON WRITTEN REQUEST BY A DEBTOR, THE  PRINCIPAL  CREDITOR
OR  DEBT  COLLECTOR  MUST  PROVIDE ANY WRITTEN COMMUNICATION SENT TO THE
DEBTOR IN THE LARGE PRINT FORMAT.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets