|SAME AS||SAME AS UNI. S05380|
|COSPNSR||Harris, Titone, Ortiz, Lentol, Cymbrowitz, Cusick|
|Amd §§736 & 740-a, ren §744 to be §745, add §§736-a, 736-b, 736-c, 736-d, 736-e & 744, Gen Bus L|
|Relates to requiring automobile brokers to be licensed and bonded.|
|03/23/2017||referred to consumer affairs and protection|
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A6884 SPONSOR: Abbate
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general business law, in relation to requiring auto- mobile brokers to be licensed   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To decrease the incidence of unlawful deceptive practices in the automo- bile broker business by requiring licensure of automobile brokers.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one of this bill amends subdivision 1 of section 736 of the General Business Law to include leasing in the definition of "automobile broker business". Section one also adds two new subdivisions, 4 and 5 to define the terms "Commissioner" and "Division." Commissioner shall mean the commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles and Division shall mean the Division of Criminal Justice Services. Section two of this bill adds four new sections to General Business Law article 43. New section 736-a requires that any person or entity engaged in the automobile broker business shall be licensed and maintain a sure- ty bond. New section 736-b establishes the application for an automobile broker license. New section 736-c establishes conditions precedent for obtaining a license. New section 736-d describes the license that will be provided and the licensee's obligations when there are any changes to the location or ownership of the licensee. New section 736-f establishes the scope and duties under the Automobile Broker License. Section three of this bill amends General Business Law to renumber section 744 to section 745 and a new section 744 is added. Section 744 provides the Attorney General shall investigate non-licensed automobile broker businesses engaged in the leasing of vehicles and shall make recommendations to the legislature. Section four of this bill amends section 740-a of the General Business Law to provide automobile broker businesses shall obtain and continue in effect a surety bond in an amount of one hundred twenty five thousand dollars. Section five of this bill provides that this act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law; provided, however, that the secretary of state shall take actions necessary to provide for the issuance of licenses pursuant to section 786-d of the general busi- ness law, as added by section two of this act, prior to such date.   JUSTIFICATION: Currently, Article 35-B of the General Business Law provides some regu- lation of the automobile broker business. Unfortunately, the current law does not include licensure requirements. Additionally, the current law does not include people and entities that facilitate leasing agreements by obtaining the vehicle, as well as the leasing paperwork, from a licensed automobile dealer, managing the consumer's execution of the lease agreement and paperwork, delivering the vehicle to the consumer and delivering the executed lease agreement and paperwork to the automo- bile dealer who provided the vehicle. This bill includes provisions addressing both of these issues. By addressing these issues, this bill reduces any consumer confusion regarding whether the automobile broker is an authorized representative of an automobile manufacturer and enhances the protection afforded to consumers. This legislation's ability to require the licensure of auto- mobile brokers will better regulate the automobile broker industry. Furthermore allowing the Attorney General to investigate non-licensed automobile broker businesses will deter unscrupulous brokers from engag- ing in unlawful practices and taking advantage of New Yorkers.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2016: S.6704-B/A.1O097 - Passed the Senate/ Referred to Consumer Affairs and Protection   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law; provided, however, that the secretary of state shall take actions necessary to provide for the issuance of licenses pursuant to section 736-d of the general business law, as added by section two of this act, prior to such date.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 5380 A. 6884 2017-2018 Regular Sessions SENATE - ASSEMBLY March 23, 2017 ___________ IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. GOLDEN -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Consumer Protection IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. ABBATE -- read once and referred to the Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to requiring auto- mobile brokers to be licensed The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 736 of the general business law, 2 as added by chapter 616 of the laws of 1988, is amended and two new 3 subdivisions 4 and 5 are added to read as follows: 4 1. "Automobile broker business" means any person who, for a fee, 5 commission or other valuable consideration paid by a consumer offers to 6 provide, provides, or represents that he will provide a service of 7 purchasing, arranging, assisting, facilitating or effecting the purchase 8 of an automobile as agent, broker, or intermediary for a consumer. 9 "Automobile broker business" shall also include any person who acts as 10 an agent, broker or intermediary in effectuating or facilitating the 11 lease of an automobile, regardless of whether such person receives 12 consideration from the consumer. "Automobile broker business" does not 13 include any person registered as a dealer pursuant to article sixteen of 14 the vehicle and traffic law, or any person who sells, offers for sale or 15 lease or acts as agent, broker or intermediary in effecting the purchase 16 or lease of three or less automobiles in any calendar year. 17 4. "Commissioner" means the commissioner of the department of motor 18 vehicles. 19 5. "Division" means the division of criminal justice services. 20 § 2. The general business law is amended by adding five new sections 21 736-a, 736-b, 736-c, 736-d and 736-e to read as follows: EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10395-03-7S. 5380 2 A. 6884 1 § 736-a. License and surety bond required. 1. No person, corporation, 2 partnership or firm shall hereafter carry on the business of an automo- 3 bile broker, as defined in section seven hundred thirty-six of this 4 article, without first having (a) received a license to engage in such 5 practice in the manner prescribed in this article, and (b) obtained a 6 surety bond prescribed in section seven hundred forty-a of this article. 7 2. No person shall own, control or operate, whether as a sole proprie- 8 tor, partner, shareholder, officer, independent contractor or other 9 person, an automobile broker business, as defined in section seven 10 hundred thirty-six of this article, without first having (a) received a 11 license to engage in such practice in the manner prescribed in this 12 article, and (b) obtained a surety bond prescribed in section seven 13 hundred forty-a of this article. 14 § 736-b. Application for licenses. 1. Application for a license 15 required under this article shall be in writing, under oath, and in the 16 form prescribed by the commissioner, and shall contain the following: 17 (a) The exact name and the address of the applicant and its date of 18 incorporation; 19 (b) The name and the business and residential address of each princi- 20 pal and officer of the applicant; 21 (c) If the applicant has any common ownership with any new motor vehi- 22 cle dealer, as defined in section four hundred fifteen of the vehicle 23 and traffic law, the complete name and address of such dealership; 24 (d) The complete address where the business of the applicant is to be 25 conducted, showing the street and number, if any, post office and build- 26 ing and room number, if any, the office building and room number, if 27 any, and the municipality and county; 28 (e) If the applicant has one or more branches, subsidiaries or affil- 29 iates operating in the state, the complete address of each such place of 30 business; and 31 (f) A complete set of two fingerprint cards for each principal and 32 officer of the applicant on a standard fingerprint card approved by the 33 division and a fee pursuant to subdivision eight-a of section eight 34 hundred thirty-seven of the executive law, and amendments thereto, for 35 the cost of the division's full search and retain procedures, which fee 36 shall be remitted by the commissioner to the division for deposit by the 37 comptroller into the general fund. Before approving such application the 38 commissioner, or his or her designee, shall forward one copy of such 39 fingerprint card and the processing fee to the division upon receipt of 40 such fingerprints. The division shall forward to the commissioner a 41 report with respect to the applicant's previous criminal history, if 42 any, or a statement that the applicant has no previous criminal history 43 according to its files. If additional copies of fingerprints are 44 required, the applicant shall furnish them upon request. 45 2. Upon original application for a license to operate an automobile 46 broker business, the applicant shall pay an application fee, in such 47 amount as may be determined by the commissioner, not to exceed three 48 hundred dollars. Upon application for a license renewal, the licensee 49 shall pay a renewal processing fee in such amount as shall be determined 50 by the commissioner, not to exceed three hundred dollars. 51 § 736-c. Conditions precedent to licensing. Upon filing of an applica- 52 tion for a license, if the commissioner shall be satisfied of the good 53 character, competency and integrity of the applicant, and of the princi- 54 pals and officers thereof are such as to comply with the provisions of 55 this article, he or she shall thereupon issue a license in duplicate to 56 operate an automobile broker business in accordance with the provisionsS. 5380 3 A. 6884 1 of this article. The commissioner shall transmit one copy of such 2 license to the licensee and file another with the commissioner. Such 3 license shall remain in full force and effect for a period of two years 4 unless it is surrendered by the licensee or revoked or suspended as 5 hereinafter provided; if the commissioner shall not so find, the commis- 6 sioner shall not issue such license and the commissioner shall notify 7 the applicant of the denial in writing. The commissioner shall approve 8 or deny every application for license hereunder within ninety days from 9 the filing thereof. 10 § 736-d. Licensing. 1. Each license issued under this article shall 11 state the address or addresses at which the business is to be conducted 12 and shall state fully the name of the licensee, and the date and place 13 of its incorporation and the expiration date of the license. A copy of 14 such license shall be prominently posted in each place of business of 15 the licensee. Such license shall not be transferable or assignable. 16 2. In the event the location at which the business is to be conducted 17 shall be changed, the licensee shall forthwith notify the commissioner 18 in writing, who shall thereupon without charge attach to the license a 19 rider setting forth such changed location. 20 3. In the event that there shall be any change among the principals or 21 officers of any licensee, the licensee shall forthwith notify the 22 commissioner in writing, of the name and address of each new principal 23 or officer, and shall submit a complete set of two fingerprint cards for 24 each such principal or officer in accordance with the provisions of 25 paragraph (f) of subdivision one of section seven hundred thirty-six-b 26 of this article. 27 4. Prior to or upon the sale or transfer of all or the majority of the 28 stock or assets of any automobile broker business, the new principals or 29 officers shall apply for a new license with the commissioner in accord- 30 ance with the provisions of section seven hundred thirty-six-b and 31 section seven hundred thirty-six-c of this article. Such application 32 shall be made within sixty days of such sale or transfer. 33 5. A license granted under the provisions of this article may be 34 renewed by the commissioner upon application therefor by the licensee, 35 in such form as the commissioner may prescribe, accompanied by the non- 36 refundable renewal processing fee pursuant to subdivision two of section 37 seven hundred thirty-six-b of this article. In no event will renewal be 38 granted more than six months after the date of expiration of a license. 39 No person, firm, company, partnership or corporation shall carry on any 40 business subject to this article during any period which may exist 41 between the date of expiration of a license and the renewal thereof. 42 § 736-e. Scope and duties under automobile broker license. 1. The 43 automobile broker license shall permit a duly licensed automobile broker 44 under this section to engage in the automobile broker business as 45 defined in section seven hundred thirty-six of this article. A duly 46 licensed automobile broker may not: 47 (a) deliver a vehicle to a consumer at any location other than the 48 duly licensed new or used dealership that the broker arranged the sale 49 through; 50 (b) transmit, handle or store any documents or materials with 51 personally identifying information, or financial information of the 52 consumer; or 53 (c) display for sale or lease any new or used motor vehicles without a 54 valid new or used car dealership license. 55 2. A duly licensed broker under this section must disclose to the 56 consumer any relationship with any dealership, and the amount of compen-S. 5380 4 A. 6884 1 sation paid to the broker for arranging the sale of the vehicle for the 2 dealer. 3 § 3. Section 744 of the general business law is renumbered section 745 4 and a new section 744 is added to read as follows: 5 § 744. Investigation by the attorney general. The attorney general 6 shall investigate non-licensed automobile broker businesses engaged in 7 the leasing of motor vehicles and shall make recommendations to the 8 legislature concerning legislative proposals to effectuate the purposes 9 of this article. 10 § 4. Subdivision 1 of section 740-a of the general business law, as 11 added by chapter 579 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: 12 1. Automobile broker businesses shall obtain and continue in effect a 13 surety bond in an amount of [ seventy-five] one hundred twenty-five thou- 14 sand dollars executed by a surety company authorized to transact busi- 15 ness in the state by the [ insurance] department of financial services of 16 the state or its successor. The bonds shall be approved as to form by 17 the secretary of state and shall be conditioned on the automobile broker 18 business' payment of all valid bank drafts, including checks, drawn for 19 the purchase of motor vehicles and safekeeping of all customer deposits 20 related to the sale of a motor vehicle between the time of receipt of 21 such customer deposit and the transfer of good title to the vehicle to 22 the customer. 23 § 5. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall 24 have become a law; provided, however, that the commissioner of the 25 department of motor vehicles shall take actions necessary to provide for 26 the issuance of licenses pursuant to section 736-d of the general busi- 27 ness law, as added by section two of this act, prior to such date.