senate Bill S4691

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to prohibiting establishments from refusing to accept cash as payment

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Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Consumer Protection Committee


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Jan 08, 2020 referred to consumer protection
Mar 20, 2019 referred to consumer protection

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S4691 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Consumer Protection
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Add §396-ii, Gen Bus L
Versions Introduced in 2021-2022 Legislative Session:
S4134

S4691 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Prohibits food-service and retail establishments from refusing to accept cash as payment for goods or services and calls for a civil fine if an establishment should refuse cash as payment.

S4691 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S4691 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  4691

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 20, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. CARLUCCI -- 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  prohibiting
  retail establishments from refusing to accept payment in cash

  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
396-ii to read as follows:
  § 396-II. CASHLESS POLICIES PROHIBITED. A. AS USED  IN  THIS  SECTION,
THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
  (I)  "FOOD-SERVICE  ESTABLISHMENT"  SHALL  MEAN AN ESTABLISHMENT WHICH
GIVES OR OFFERS FOR SALE FOOD OR BEVERAGES TO THE PUBLIC FOR CONSUMPTION
OR USE ON OR OFF THE PREMISES.
  (II) "RETAIL ESTABLISHMENT"  SHALL  MEAN  AN  ESTABLISHMENT  IN  WHICH
CONSUMER  COMMODITIES  ARE SOLD, DISPLAYED OR OFFERED FOR SALE, OR WHICH
PROVIDES SERVICES TO CONSUMERS AT RETAIL.
  B. IT SHALL BE UNLAWFUL FOR A FOOD-SERVICE ESTABLISHMENT OR  A  RETAIL
ESTABLISHMENT,  AS  POLICY,  TO  REFUSE  TO  ACCEPT PAYMENT IN CASH FROM
CONSUMERS.
  C. A FOOD-SERVICE ESTABLISHMENT OR RETAIL ESTABLISHMENT VIOLATING THIS
SECTION IS LIABLE FOR A CIVIL  PENALTY  OF  NOT  MORE  THAN  TWENTY-FIVE
HUNDRED  DOLLARS FOR THE FIRST VIOLATION AND A CIVIL PENALTY OF NOT MORE
THAN FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR EACH SUCCEEDING VIOLATION.
  D. THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR MAY  PROMULGATE  SUCH  RULES  AS  IT  DEEMS
NECESSARY TO IMPLEMENT AND ENFORCE THIS SECTION.
  § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10905-01-9

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