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File #: Int 0436-2014    Version: Name: Authorizing a cure period for certain item pricing violations.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Consumer Affairs
On agenda: 8/21/2014
Enactment date: 2/15/2017 Law number: 2017/005
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to authorizing a cure period for certain item pricing violations
Sponsors: Rafael L. Espinal, Jr., Inez D. Barron, Margaret S. Chin, Mathieu Eugene, Peter A. Koo, Karen Koslowitz, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Eric A. Ulrich
Council Member Sponsors: 8
Summary: Under New York City law, supermarkets, groceries and bodegas must affix a price sticker on each individual item of most products offered for sale, as opposed to posting a single price on the shelf where the items are displayed. DCA inspectors issue violations for each failure to sticker price more than five items in a single stock unit. Int. No. 436 would allow retailers to cure first time violations rather than paying civil penalties. A retail store would have to submit proof that it has cured the violation within 30 days of receiving a notice of violation.
Attachments: 1. Legislative History Report, 2. Summary of Int. No. 436-A, 3. Summary of Int. No. 436, 4. Int. No. 436 - 8/21/14, 5. Committee Report 12/3/15, 6. Hearing Testimony 12/3/15, 7. Hearing Transcript 12/3/15, 8. Proposed Int. No. 436-A - 1/25/17, 9. Committee Report 1/31/17, 10. Hearing Testimony 1/31/17, 11. Hearing Transcript 1/31/17, 12. Committee Report - Stated Meeting, 13. February 1, 2017 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 14. Fiscal Impact Statement, 15. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 2-1-17, 16. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - February 1, 2017, 17. Mayor's Letter, 18. Int. No. 436-A (FINAL), 19. Local Law 5
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
2/16/2017ARafael L. Espinal, Jr. City Council Recved from Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/15/2017ARafael L. Espinal, Jr. Mayor Signed Into Law by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/15/2017ARafael L. Espinal, Jr. Mayor Hearing Held by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/1/2017ARafael L. Espinal, Jr. City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/1/2017ARafael L. Espinal, Jr. City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
1/31/2017*Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. Committee on Consumer Affairs Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/31/2017*Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. Committee on Consumer Affairs Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/31/2017*Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. Committee on Consumer Affairs Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/31/2017ARafael L. Espinal, Jr. Committee on Consumer Affairs Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
12/3/2015*Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. Committee on Consumer Affairs Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/3/2015*Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. Committee on Consumer Affairs Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/21/2014*Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/21/2014*Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 436-A

 

By Council Members Espinal, Barron, Chin, Eugene, Koo, Koslowitz, Rodriguez and Ulrich

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to authorizing a cure period for certain item pricing violations

 

 Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

      Section 1. Subdivision f of section 20-708.1 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as added by local law number 84 for the year 1991, paragraph 2 as amended by local law number 70 for the year 2005, is amended to read as follows:

      f. Enforcement, penalties. 1. Upon the request of an inspector, the retail store representative shall afford the inspector access to the test mode of the checkout system in use at that retail store or to a comparable function of such system and to the retail price information contained in a price look-up function. No more than one inspection shall be conducted in any twenty-four hour period.

      2. In addition to the enforcement powers prescribed in sections 20-703 and  20-704  of  this code, the commissioner may, upon due notice, hold hearings to determine whether  violations of the provisions of this section have occurred. Such notice shall contain a concise statement of the facts constituting the alleged violation and shall set forth the date, time and place of the hearing. Upon a finding of a violation of the provisions of this section, the commissioner shall be authorized to impose a civil penalty as follows:

      (a)  [upon a first inspection] upon inspection, up to [twenty-five dollars]$25 for the first [twenty]20 violations and up to [fifty dollars]$50 for [the twenty-first and]each successive[violations] violation, total violations not to exceed [two thousand dollars]$2,000, except that a retail store shall not be subject to the civil penalty described above for a first-time violation or first-time violations of subdivision b of this section or any rule promulgated thereunder if such retail store proves to the satisfaction of the department, within 30 days of the issuance of the notice of violation or notices of violation and prior to the commencement of an adjudication of such notice or notices, that the violation or violations have been cured. The submission of proof of a cure shall be deemed an admission of liability for all purposes. The option of presenting proof that the violation or violations have been cured shall be offered as part of any settlement offer made by the department to a retail store that has received a notice of violation or notices of violation for a first-time violation or first-time violations of subdivision b of this section or any rule promulgated thereunder. The department shall permit such proof to be submitted electronically or in person. A retail store may seek review, in the department, of the determination that proof of a cure was not submitted within 15 days of receiving written notification of such determination.

                     (b) upon a second or subsequent inspection within [a two week  period]60 days of a violation, up to [fifty dollars]$50 for the first [twenty]20 [continued] violations, and up to [one hundred dollars]$100 for [the twenty-first and]each  successive [continued violations]violation, total violations issued  not  to exceed [eight thousand dollars]$8,000.

      3.  Each failure to comply with subdivision b of this section with respect to any one  stock  keeping  unit  shall  constitute  a separate violation,  provided,  however,  that  no violation shall be found where less than five stock keeping items of a particular stock keeping unit lack clearly readable item prices. Following an initial inspection, each inspection that finds a continuing violation with respect to a particular stock keeping unit cited within the previous fourteen days shall constitute a separate continued violation.

      § 2. This local law takes effect immediately. 

 

RC/LUR

LS 1891

1/24/2017