A01076 Summary:

BILL NO    A01076 

SAME AS    No same as 

SPONSOR    Gunther (MS)

COSPNSR    Zebrowski, Cook, Miller, Rivera, Titus, Brook-Krasny, Crouch, Walter,
           Raia, Corwin, Montesano, McDonough, Lupinacci

MLTSPNSR   Duprey, Hawley, Kearns, Magee, McKevitt, McLaughlin, Simanowitz,
           Stec, Steck

Amd S1613, Tax L

Permits state lottery winners to remain anonymous to the general public.
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A01076 Actions:

BILL NO    A01076 

01/08/2015 referred to ways and means
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A01076 Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A01076 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A1076

TITLE OF BILL:  An act to amend the tax law, in relation to permitting
state lottery winners to remain anonymous to the general public

PURPOSE:  To protect the privacy of NYS lottery winners by limiting
the disclosure of identifying information of any holder of a winning
ticket.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends the tax law in relation to disclosure of
personal identifying information of NYS lottery winners.

Section 2 of the bill is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:  In recent years, high jackpot lottery drawings seem to
be more common.  The benefits of winning such a lottery are obvious
and well known.  However, there are other consequences of being a
"lucky" winner - especially when identifying information about the
winner is publicly disclosed. Lottery winners are besieged with
requests. Sometimes the requests are legitimate (e.g. charitable
donation), sometimes they are frivolous (e.g. speculative business
ventures). Some requests are just scams. Public disclosure of a
lottery winner's identifying information makes the winner vulnerable
to this sort of activity.  More importantly, it can make the lottery
winner a target of criminal activity. This can include burglary,
kidnapping, harassment, fraudulent lawsuits, etc.

Unfortunately, in today's economic climate, winning the lottery has
become the American Dream for some people. For those lucky enough to
win the lottery, protections should be in place to preserve their
privacy and well-being. By addressing this issue, this legislation
will maintain privacy and protect lottery winners from potential
criminal activity.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:  2013-14: A2317A Held in Ways & Means/S1349
Referred to Racing, Gaming
         and Wagering 2011-12: S7315 Referred to Racing, Gaming and
Wagering

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
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A01076 Text:

                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
       ________________________________________________________________________

                                         1076

                              2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                    January 8, 2015
                                      ___________

       Introduced  by M. of A. GUNTHER, ZEBROWSKI, COOK, MILLER, RIVERA, TITUS,
         BROOK-KRASNY, CROUCH,  WALTER,  RAIA,  CORWIN,  MONTESANO,  McDONOUGH,
         LUPINACCI  --  Multi-Sponsored  by -- M. of A. CAMARA, DUPREY, HAWLEY,
         KEARNS, MAGEE, McKEVITT, McLAUGHLIN, SIMANOWITZ, STEC, STECK  --  read
         once and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means

       AN  ACT  to  amend  the tax law, in relation to permitting state lottery
         winners to remain anonymous to the general public

         THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
       BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

    1    Section 1. Subdivision a of section 1613 of the tax law, as amended by
    2  chapter 426 of the laws of 2006, is amended to read as follows:
    3    a.  It  shall  be  the duty of the director to require that all prizes
    4  over five thousand dollars in any game be awarded to holders of  winning
    5  tickets  for  that  game as provided in this section and section sixteen
    6  hundred fourteen of this article. Within one week after any  drawing  or
    7  selection  of  prize winning lottery tickets, the division shall deliver
    8  to the comptroller a certified list of the tickets to which  prizes  are
    9  awarded  and  the amount of each such prize. Upon receipt of such certi-
   10  fied list and voucher of the division, moneys sufficient for the payment
   11  of such prizes shall be paid to the  division  from  the  lottery  prize
   12  account,  upon  audit  and  warrant  of  the comptroller. Moneys for the
   13  payment of lottery prizes shall be deposited by the director as provided
   14  in section sixteen hundred eleven of this article and the withdrawal  of
   15  such moneys for the payment of prize winners shall be subject to a check
   16  signed  by the director or such officers or employees of the division as
   17  the director may designate. The division shall each  month  provide  the
   18  comptroller  with  a  record of all such withdrawals from the director's
   19  accounts. Payment of prizes shall be made by the division to holders  of
   20  the  tickets  to  which  prizes  are awarded, except that payment of any
   21  prize drawn may be paid to the estate of a deceased prize winner, may be
   22  paid pursuant to a court order granted as a result of  a  proceeding  as

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD02013-01-5
       A. 1076                             2

    1  provided  in  subdivision  d of this section, and except that any person
    2  pursuant to an appropriate judicial order may be paid the prize to which
    3  the winner is entitled.  THE DIVISION SHALL NOT  PUBLICLY  DISCLOSE  THE
    4  NAME,  ADDRESS  OR  OTHER  IDENTIFYING  INFORMATION  OF  ANY HOLDER OF A
    5  WINNING TICKET OR REQUIRE ANY  WINNING  TICKET  HOLDER  TO  PERFORM  ANY
    6  PUBLIC ACTIONS IN CONNECTION WITH THE AWARDING, PAYMENT OR COLLECTION OF
    7  PRIZE  MONEYS  WHERE  A  HOLDER  OF  A WINNING TICKET PROVIDES A WRITTEN
    8  REQUEST TO THE DIVISION. The division shall be discharged of all further
    9  liability upon payment of a prize pursuant to this subdivision.
   10    S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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