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File #: Int 1087-2016    Version: Name: Requiring the dept of consumer affairs to provide outreach and education on consumer protection issues that affect immigrants.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Consumer Affairs
On agenda: 2/24/2016
Enactment date: 8/31/2016 Law number: 2016/101
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the department of consumer affairs to provide outreach and education on consumer protection issues that affect immigrants
Sponsors: Rafael L. Espinal, Jr., Melissa Mark-Viverito, Annabel Palma, Inez E. Dickens, Vincent J. Gentile, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Carlos Menchaca, Brad S. Lander, James G. Van Bramer, Helen K. Rosenthal, Andrew Cohen, Margaret S. Chin, Daniel Dromm , Stephen T. Levin, Karen Koslowitz, Paul A. Vallone, Ruben Wills, Ben Kallos, Eric A. Ulrich
Council Member Sponsors: 19
Summary: This bill would require DCA to provide information to immigrants on consumer protection issues, including: financial institutions that accept IDNYC or ITIN; risks of non-bank financial institutions; state and local laws that regulate employment and immigration assistance services; federal and state laws regulating tax preparers; and information on local institutions that provide resources to immigrant communities. The educational material would also include information about the DCA’s Office of Financial Empowerment. The material would be made available on DCA’s website, translated into the six most common LEP languages, and submitted to the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. The program would begin on September 1, 2016.
Indexes: Oversight
Attachments: 1. Legislative History Report, 2. Summary of Int. No. 1087, 3. Int. No. 1087 - 2/24/16, 4. February 24, 2016 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 5. Committee Report 6/16/16, 6. Hearing Testimony 6/16/16, 7. Hearing Transcript 6/16/16, 8. Proposed Int. No. 1087-A - 8/11/16, 9. Committee Report 8/16/16, 10. Hearing Transcript 8/16/16, 11. August 16, 2016 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 12. Fiscal Impact Statement, 13. Int. No. 1087-A (FINAL), 14. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 8-16-16, 15. Mayor's Letter, 16. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - August 16, 2016, 17. Local Law 101
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
8/31/2016ARafael L. Espinal, Jr. City Council Recved from Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/31/2016ARafael L. Espinal, Jr. Mayor Signed Into Law by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/31/2016ARafael L. Espinal, Jr. Mayor Hearing Held by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/16/2016ARafael L. Espinal, Jr. City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/16/2016ARafael L. Espinal, Jr. City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
8/16/2016*Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. Committee on Consumer Affairs Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/16/2016*Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. Committee on Consumer Affairs Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/16/2016*Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. Committee on Consumer Affairs Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/16/2016ARafael L. Espinal, Jr. Committee on Consumer Affairs Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
6/16/2016*Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. Committee on Consumer Affairs Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/16/2016*Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. Committee on Consumer Affairs Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/16/2016*Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. Committee on Consumer Affairs Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/24/2016*Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/24/2016*Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 1087-A

 

By Council Members Espinal, The Speaker (Council Member Mark-Viverito), Palma, Dickens, Gentile, Rodriguez, Menchaca, Lander, Van Bramer, Rosenthal, Cohen, Chin, Dromm, Levin, Koslowitz, Vallone, Wills, Kallos and Ulrich

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the department of consumer affairs to provide outreach and education on consumer protection issues that affect immigrants

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

                     Section 1.  Subchapter 1 of chapter 5 of title 20 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 20-706.4 to read as follows:

                     § 20-706.4 Outreach and education program for immigrants relating to consumer protection. a. Definitions. For purposes of this section:

                     IDNYC. The term “IDNYC” means the New York city identity card established pursuant to section 3-115.

                     ITIN. The term “ITIN” means an individual taxpayer identification number issued by the internal revenue service for the purpose of filing federal taxes.

                     b. By December 1, 2016, the commissioner, in consultation with the commissioner of the mayor’s office of immigrant affairs, shall establish and implement an outreach and education program to promote the financial stability and success of immigrants. Such outreach and education program shall relate to access to consumer and financial products and services, and protection from risks and frauds to which certain immigrant consumers may be particularly vulnerable, including but not limited to identifying: (i) financial institutions that accept the IDNYC or ITIN for purposes of opening a bank account; (ii) risks and consequences to consumers of using non-bank institutions such as check cashers, money transfer companies and other similar financial institutions; (iii) state and local laws regulating employment and immigration assistance services; (iv) federal and state laws regulating tax preparers; and (v) local institutions that offer preferred products and services to immigrants and immigrant communities, such as community-based organizations, credit unions and other community development financial institutions.

                     c. Such outreach and education program shall also provide information related to the office of financial empowerment and its financial education providers. The outreach and education program shall include the production of educational materials that shall be made available on the department’s website and submitted to the commissioner of the mayor’s office of immigrant affairs. The educational materials made available on the department’s website pursuant to this section shall be made available in English and in the six languages most commonly spoken by limited English proficient individuals in the city as determined by the department of city planning. The commissioner shall review the educational materials made available on the department’s website on an annual basis, update the educational material as needed, and submit such updated materials each year to the commissioner of the mayor’s office of immigrant affairs on or before December 1 of each year.

                     § 2.                     This local law takes effect immediately.

 

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