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Meeting Name: Committee on Consumer Affairs and Business Licensing Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 12/16/2019 1:00 PM Minutes status: Draft  
Meeting location: Committee Room - City Hall
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Int 1609-2019 *Ritchie J. Torres  Changing the name of the Department of Consumer Affairs to the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection.IntroductionThis bill amends the New York City Charter and Administrative Code to change the name of the Department of Consumer Affairs to the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection, establish the Office of Labor Standards and the Division of Paid Care as offices within the Department, and update references to these offices and other agency nomenclature. The bill also clarifies the Department’s powers to conduct on-site inspections to enforce any law within its jurisdiction and to seek restitution on behalf of consumers and workers related to any law within its jurisdiction, designates the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearing as the tribunal in which the Department may begin proceedings to recover civil penalties, and repeals the Consumers Council established under §2204 of the New York City Charter.   Not available Not available
Int 1622-2019 *Rafael L. Espinal, Jr.  Remedying fraudulent, deceptive and unconscionable business practices.IntroductionThis bill will update the Consumer Protection Law (CPL), to ensure that the CPL continues to be a robust enforcement tool against deceptive business practices. For example, the CPL’s penalty provisions have not changed since 1969. The bill updates the penalty amounts to make them more appropriate to businesses operating in 2019 and makes explicit that the agency can seek daily penalties for deceptive conduct. The bill also modernizes the substantive provisions of the CPL by, for example, clarifying the agency’s power to combat online deceptive practices and defining as deceptive the failure of a business to provide translations of documents for transactions not primarily negotiated in English. The bill also makes explicit for the first time the forms of relief the agency can seek under the CPL at OATH. And, it would allow the agency to initiate a state court case through the more streamlined process of a proceeding. These changes will provide for a stronger CPL, one that will better position the agency to protect all New Yorkers from unscrupulous businesses and individuals.   Not available Not available