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A09551 Summary:

Amd 1613, Tax L
Permits state lottery winners to remain anonymous to the general public.
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A09551 Actions:

03/20/2024referred to ways and means
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A09551 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
  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 subdivision a of section 1613 of the tax law in relation to the 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 - espe- cially 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:: 2017/18: Passed both Assembly and Senate, vetoed memo.268   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:: None.   LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE:: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A09551 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     March 20, 2024
        Introduced  by M. of A. 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
    23  provided in subdivision d of this section, and except  that  any  person
    24  pursuant to an appropriate judicial order may be paid the prize to which
    25  the  winner  is entitled.   The division shall not publicly disclose the
    26  name, address or other  identifying  information  of  any  holder  of  a
    27  winning  ticket  or  require  any  winning  ticket holder to perform any
    28  public actions in connection with the awarding, payment or collection of
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        A. 9551                             2
     1  prize moneys where a holder of  a  winning  ticket  provides  a  written
     2  request to the division. The division shall be discharged of all further
     3  liability upon payment of a prize pursuant to this subdivision.
     4    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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