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File #: Int 1281-2018    Version: * Name: Prohibiting retail establishments from refusing to accept payment in cash.
Type: Introduction Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Consumer Affairs and Business Licensing
On agenda: 11/28/2018
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to prohibiting retail establishments from refusing to accept payment in cash
Sponsors: Ritchie J. Torres, Rafael L. Espinal, Jr., Keith Powers , Chaim M. Deutsch, Laurie A. Cumbo, Brad S. Lander, Justin L. Brannan, Daniel Dromm , Antonio Reynoso, Carlina Rivera
Council Member Sponsors: 10
Summary: This bill would prohibit retail establishments, as defined in the bill, from adopting policies in which they refuse to accept payment in cash from consumers. The bill provides for penalties of not more than $250 for a first violation, and of not more than $500 for each succeeding violation. The bill gives rulemaking authority to the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1281, 2. Int. No. 1281, 3. November 28, 2018 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files

Int. No. 1281

 

By Council Members Torres, Espinal, Powers, Deutsch, Cumbo, Lander, Brannan, Dromm, Reynoso and Rivera

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to prohibiting retail establishments from refusing to accept payment in cash

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Chapter 5 of title 20 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new subchapter 20 to read as follows:

SUBCHAPTER 20

CASHLESS POLICIES PROHIBITED

§ 20-828 Cashless policies prohibited. a. As used in this subchapter, the following terms have the following meanings:

Food-service establishment. The term “food-service establishment” means an establishment which gives or offers for sale food or beverages to the public for consumption or use on or off the premises.

Retail establishment. The term “retail establishment” means 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 $250 for the first violation and a civil penalty of not more than $500 for each succeeding violation.

d. The department may promulgate such rules as it deems necessary to implement and enforce this subchapter.

§ 2. This local law takes effect 120 days after it becomes law.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DFC

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November 19, 2018, 7:00 p.m.