Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|May 23, 2023||
reported referred to codes
|May 11, 2023||
referred to consumer affairs and protection
Assembly Bill A7138
2023-2024 Legislative Session
Current Bill Status - In Assembly Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2023-A7138 (ACTIVE) - Details
2023-A7138 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 7138 2023-2024 Regular Sessions I N A S S E M B L Y May 11, 2023 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. WEINSTEIN -- read once and referred to the Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to enacting the "Consumer and Small business Protection Act" THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Consumer and Small business Protection Act (CSPA)". § 2. Legislative findings and intent. The Legislature declares that the State has a responsibility to protect individuals and businesses within the State from unfair and abusive business acts and practices. The Legislature further declares that the State's law, which guarded only against deceptive business acts and practices, has been insuffi- cient to meet this responsibility and has become out of date as other states' laws provide far greater protections. Consumers and small busi- nesses have long been vulnerable to unscrupulous business practices that are unfair and abusive without being expressly deceptive. The State must not allow bad actors to peddle predatory products and services as long as they are clever enough not to get caught in a lie. To that end, and to better level the playing field for the State's many honest busi- nesses, this legislation defines unfair and abusive acts and practices expansively. The State must also ensure that this protection covers small busi- nesses, which are frequent targets of predatory loans and other forms of exploitation, along with all consumer transactions. This legislation therefore rejects the limitation, imposed by courts, that prohibited conduct be "consumer oriented," have an impact on the public at large, or be part of a broader pattern. Consumers and small businesses are entitled to redress whenever they are harmed by deceptive, unfair, or abusive conduct. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02751-01-3 A. 7138 2
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