BILL NO A00077
SAME AS SAME AS S01705
Add S460-k, amd SS460-e, 460-g, 460-h & 460-i, Gen Bus L
Enacts the immigration provider enforced disclosure information and
registration (IMPEDIR) act of 2013.
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2013-2014 Regular Sessions
I N A S S E M B L Y
January 9, 2013
Introduced by M. of A. KAVANAGH -- read once and referred to the Commit-
tee on Economic Development
AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to enacting the
Immigration Provider Enforced Disclosure Information and Registration
(IMPEDIR) Act of 2013
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
1 Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Immi-
2 gration Provider Enforced Disclosure Information and Registration (IMPE-
3 DIR) Act of 2013".
4 S 2. The general business law is amended by adding a new section 460-k
5 to read as follows:
6 S 460-K. CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION. 1. THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE
7 SHALL, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION, ISSUE CERTIF-
8 ICATES OF REGISTRATION WHICH SHALL BE VALID, UNLESS EARLIER REVOKED OR
9 SUSPENDED, FOR A PERIOD OF TWO YEARS, TO PROVIDERS AND, UPON APPLICA-
10 TION, ISSUE RENEWAL CERTIFICATES OF REGISTRATION EVERY TWO YEARS. THE
11 SECRETARY OF STATE SHALL ENFORCE THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ARTICLE GOVERN-
12 ING THE FILING AND MAINTENANCE OF SURETY BONDS AND APPLICATIONS FOR
13 REGISTRATION AND/OR RENEWAL.
14 2. ANY PERSON INTENDING TO ENGAGE, AS AN IMMIGRANT ASSISTANCE SERVICE
15 PROVIDER, IN ANY ONE OR MORE OF THE ACTIVITIES SET FORTH IN THIS ARTICLE
16 SHALL FILE WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE A WRITTEN APPLICATION AND
17 DISCLOSURE, ON FORMS TO BE PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE, CONTAIN-
18 ING SUCH INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTATION TO BE RETAINED BY THE SECRETARY
19 OF STATE AS THE SECRETARY OF STATE MAY REQUIRE BY RULE OR REGULATION,
20 INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO: (A) THE NAME, DATE OF BIRTH, RESIDENCE
21 ADDRESS, BUSINESS ADDRESS, RESIDENCE TELEPHONE NUMBER, AND BUSINESS
22 TELEPHONE NUMBER OF SUCH PERSON; (B) THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF SUCH
23 PERSON'S AGENT FOR SERVICE OF PROCESS IF ONE IS REQUIRED OR HAS BEEN
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
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1 APPOINTED AND, IF APPLICABLE, THE NAME, BUSINESS ADDRESS, BUSINESS TELE-
2 PHONE AND AGENT FOR SERVICE OF PROCESS OF THE CORPORATION OR PARTNERSHIP
3 EMPLOYING SUCH PERSON; (C) A RECORD OF ANY PRIOR CONVICTIONS FOR ANY
4 CRIME COMMITTED IN THIS STATE OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION. THE SECRETARY
5 OF STATE SHALL DEVELOP THE DISCLOSURE FORM REQUIRED TO FILE AN APPLICA-
6 TION AND BOND PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION AND SECTION FOUR HUNDRED SIXTY-G
7 OF THIS ARTICLE.
8 3. THE SECRETARY OF STATE SHALL CHARGE AND COLLECT A REASONABLE FILING
9 FEE AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION AND/OR RENEWAL TO COVER THE COST OF
10 FILING THE BOND REQUIRED BY SECTION FOUR HUNDRED SIXTY-G OF THIS ARTI-
12 4. THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE SHALL MAKE PUBLIC ON ITS WEBSITE UPDATED AT
13 LEAST MONTHLY, AND SHALL MAKE AVAILABLE IN RESPONSE TO THE REQUEST OF
14 ANY CUSTOMER, A LIST OF PROVIDERS WHO ARE REGISTERED PURSUANT TO THIS
15 ARTICLE. EACH PROVIDER SHALL CONSPICUOUSLY POST ITS CERTIFICATE OF
16 REGISTRATION AT ITS PLACE OF BUSINESS.
17 5. IMMIGRANT ASSISTANCE SERVICE PROVIDERS WHO HAVE REGISTERED MUST
18 INFORM THE SECRETARY OF STATE OF ANY CHANGES IN THEIR NAME, ADDRESSES,
19 OR TELEPHONE NUMBERS WITHIN THIRTY DAYS OF SUCH CHANGE.
20 6. THE SECRETARY OF STATE SHALL ESTABLISH A PROCEDURE FOR FILING
21 COMPLAINTS AND INVESTIGATING THE COMPLAINT ON BEHALF OF AN INJURED PARTY
22 OR ANY OTHER PARTY WHO, UPON INFORMATION AND BELIEF, CLAIMS A VIOLATION
23 OF THIS ARTICLE. THE SECRETARY OF STATE SHALL INITIATE ANY INVESTIGATION
24 NO LATER THAN THIRTY DAYS AFTER RECEIPT OF A COMPLAINT AND, WHEN APPRO-
25 PRIATE, MAY REFER ANY SUCH MATTER FOR PROSECUTION TO THE ATTORNEY GENER-
26 AL OR OTHER APPROPRIATE LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY.
27 7. THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE SHALL HAVE THE POWER TO REVOKE OR SUSPEND
28 ANY CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION, OR REPRIMAND ANY REGISTRANT OR DENY AN
29 APPLICATION FOR A CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION OR RENEWAL THEREOF UPON
31 (A) THAT THE APPLICANT OR REGISTRANT HAS VIOLATED ANY OF THE
32 PROVISIONS OF THIS ARTICLE OR THE RULES AND REGULATIONS PROMULGATED
34 (B) THAT THE APPLICANT OR REGISTRANT HAS PRACTICED FRAUD, DECEIT OR
35 MISREPRESENTATION OR BEEN CONVICTED OF A FELONY;
36 (C) THAT THE APPLICANT OR REGISTRANT HAS MADE A MATERIAL MISSTATEMENT
37 IN THE APPLICATION FOR OR RENEWAL OF HIS OR HER REGISTRATION;
38 (D) THAT THE APPLICANT OR REGISTRANT HAS DEMONSTRATED INCOMPETENCE OR
39 UNTRUSTWORTHINESS IN HIS OR HER ACTIONS.
40 8. ALL FEES AND OTHER MONEYS DERIVED FROM THE OPERATION OF THIS ARTI-
41 CLE SHALL ON THE FIFTH DAY OF EACH MONTH BE PAID BY THE DEPARTMENT OF
42 STATE INTO THE STATE TREASURY.
43 S 3. Subdivision 8 of section 460-e of the general business law, as
44 added by chapter 463 of the laws of 2004, is amended and three new
45 subdivisions 11, 12 and 13 are added to read as follows:
46 8. Make any misrepresentation or false statement, directly or indi-
47 rectly, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, FALSELY REPRESENTING THAT THE
48 OFFERING OR PROVISION OF SERVICES IS NECESSARY, OR THAT THE LIFE, SAFETY
49 OR WELFARE OF THE CUSTOMER OR HIS OR HER FAMILY WOULD BE ADVERSELY
50 AFFECTED IF THE SERVICES OF AN IMMIGRANT ASSISTANCE SERVICES PROVIDER
51 ARE NOT PROVIDED.
52 11. PROVIDE IMMIGRANT ASSISTANCE SERVICES WITHOUT HAVING FIRST
53 OBTAINED FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE A CURRENT, VALID CERTIFICATE OF
54 REGISTRATION PURSUANT TO SECTION FOUR HUNDRED SIXTY-K OF THIS ARTICLE
55 AND HAVING IN FULL FORCE AND EFFECT A BOND, CONTRACT OF INDEMNITY OR
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1 IRREVOCABLE LETTER OF CREDIT PURSUANT TO SECTION FOUR HUNDRED SIXTY-G OF
2 THIS ARTICLE.
3 12. ADVERTISE OR OTHERWISE DISSEMINATE BY ANY MEANS ANY STATEMENT OR
4 OTHER REPRESENTATION INDICATING DIRECTLY OR BY IMPLICATION THAT HE OR
5 SHE ENGAGES IN THE BUSINESS OF IMMIGRANT ASSISTANCE SERVICE PROVIDER OR
6 ACTS IN THE CAPACITY OF AN IMMIGRANT ASSISTANCE SERVICE PROVIDER OR
7 PROPOSES TO ENGAGE IN THE BUSINESS OR ACT IN THE CAPACITY OF AN IMMI-
8 GRANT ASSISTANCE SERVICE PROVIDER, UNLESS HE OR SHE HAS ON FILE WITH THE
9 SECRETARY OF STATE A VALID CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION PURSUANT TO THIS
10 ARTICLE AND A BOND, CONTRACT OF INDEMNITY OR IRREVOCABLE LETTER OF CRED-
11 IT, IN THE AMOUNT AND SUBJECT TO THE TERMS DESCRIBED IN SECTION FOUR
12 HUNDRED SIXTY-G OF THIS ARTICLE.
13 13. FAIL TO REVEAL TO THE CLIENT OR CUSTOMER OF SUCH PROVIDER A MATE-
14 RIAL FACT REGARDING AN IMMIGRATION MATTER OR REGARDING SERVICES, WHICH
15 FACT COULD NOT BE REASONABLY KNOWN TO THE CLIENT, THE OMISSION OF WHICH
16 TENDS TO MISLEAD OR DECEIVE THE CLIENT OR CUSTOMER.
17 S 4. Sections 460-g, 460-h and 460-i of the general business law, as
18 added by chapter 463 of the laws of 2004, are amended to read as
20 S 460-g. Surety requirement. Every provider shall maintain in full
21 force and effect a bond, contract of indemnity, or irrevocable letter of
22 credit, payable to the people of the state of New York, in the principal
23 amount of fifty thousand dollars; provided, however, that every provider
24 that receives in excess of two hundred fifty thousand dollars in total
25 fees and other compensation for providing immigrant assistance service
26 during any twelve-month period shall maintain in full force and effect a
27 bond, contract of indemnity, or irrevocable letter of credit, payable to
28 the people of the state of New York, in the principal amount of twenty
29 percent of such total fees and compensation. Such surety shall be for
30 the benefit of any customer who does not receive a refund of fees from
31 the provider to which he or she is entitled, or is otherwise injured by
32 the provider. The attorney general on behalf of the customer or the
33 customer in his or her own name, may maintain an action against the
34 provider and the surety. THE SECRETARY OF STATE SHALL POST INFORMATION
35 ON THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE WEBSITE DEMONSTRATING THAT THE IMMIGRATION
36 PROVIDER IS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE BOND AS REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION.
37 S 460-h. Enforcement. 1. Upon any violation of this article, an appli-
38 cation may be made by the attorney general in the name of the people of
39 the state to a court having jurisdiction to issue an injunction, and
40 upon notice to the respondent of not fewer than five days, to enjoin and
41 restrain the continuance of the violation. If it shall appear to the
42 satisfaction of the court or justice that the defendant has, in fact,
43 violated this article, an injunction may be issued by such court or
44 justice, enjoining and restraining any further violation, without
45 requiring proof that any person has, in fact, been injured or damaged
46 thereby. In any such proceeding, the court may make allowances to the
47 attorney general as provided in paragraph six of subdivision (a) of
48 section eighty-three hundred three of the civil practice law and rules,
49 and direct restitution. Whenever the court shall determine that a
50 violation of this article has occurred, the court may impose a civil
51 penalty of not more than [seven thousand five hundred] TWENTY THOUSAND
52 dollars for each violation, PROVIDED HOWEVER, THE COURT MAY IMPOSE A
53 CIVIL PENALTY OF NOT MORE THAN TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR A
54 VIOLATION OF SUBDIVISION ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX OR ELEVEN OF
55 SECTION FOUR HUNDRED SIXTY-E OF THIS ARTICLE.
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1 2. A PERSON CLAIMING TO BE AGGRIEVED BY ANY VIOLATION OF THIS ARTICLE
2 BY A PROVIDER MAY BRING A CIVIL ACTION FOR INJUNCTIVE RELIEF, DAMAGES OR
3 BOTH. THE COURT SHALL GRANT A PREVAILING PLAINTIFF REASONABLE ATTORNEYS'
4 FEES AND COSTS. ANY RECOVERY OR PROCEEDING IN A CIVIL ACTION SHALL NOT
5 PRECLUDE AN ACTION BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OR DISTRICT ATTORNEY TO
6 PURSUE CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST AN IMMIGRANT ASSISTANCE SERVICE PROVID-
7 ER. MINIMAL RECOVERY FOR THE PLAINTIFF SHALL BE FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS.
8 S 460-i. Violations. [Any] 1. EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION TWO
9 OF THIS SECTION, ANY violation of any provision of this article shall be
10 a class A misdemeanor, and upon conviction the court may order as part
11 of the sentence imposed restitution or reparation to the victim of the
12 crime pursuant to section 60.27 of the penal law.
13 2. ANY VIOLATION OF SUBDIVISION ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX OR
14 ELEVEN OF SECTION FOUR HUNDRED SIXTY-E OF THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE A CLASS
15 E FELONY, PROVIDED HOWEVER THAT ANY SUCH VIOLATION SHALL BE A CLASS D
16 FELONY WHEN COMMITTED BY A PERSON WHO HAS PREVIOUSLY BEEN CONVICTED OF
17 ANY SUCH VIOLATION IN THE PRECEDING TEN YEARS.
18 S 5. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed-
19 ing the date on which it shall have become a law; provided, however that
20 effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule
21 or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effec-
22 tive date are authorized and directed to be made and completed on or
23 before such effective date.