|SAME AS||No Same As|
|COSPNSR||Aubry, Benedetto, Colton, Cook, Glick, Gunther, Hevesi, Lavine, Lupardo, Magnarelli, Paulin, Ramos, Rosenthal L, Thiele, Zebrowski|
|Amd §518, Gen Bus L|
|Prohibits the imposition of a surcharge by a seller in a sales transaction on a holder who uses a debit card.|
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5924 2023-2024 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY March 24, 2023 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. WEPRIN, AUBRY, BENEDETTO, COLTON, COOK, GLICK, GUNTHER, HEVESI, LAVINE, LUPARDO, MAGNARELLI, PAULIN, RAMOS, L. ROSEN- THAL, THIELE, ZEBROWSKI -- read once and referred to the Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to prohibiting the imposition of a surcharge by a seller in a sales transaction on a holder who uses a debit card The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. Section 518 of the general business law, as added by chap- 2 ter 160 of the laws of 1984, is amended to read as follows: 3 § 518. [ Credit] Payment card surcharge prohibited. 1. No seller in 4 any sales transaction may impose a surcharge on a holder who elects to 5 use a credit card or debit card in lieu of payment by cash, check, or 6 similar means. For purposes of this section, "debit card" includes a 7 prepaid card or other means of access to prepaid funds that may be used 8 to initiate electronic funds transfers and may be used without unique 9 identifying information such as a personal identification number to 10 initiate access to prepaid funds. 11 2. Nothing in this section shall prohibit any seller from: 12 a. offering discounts to a buyer to induce the buyer to pay by cash, 13 check, debit card or similar means rather than by credit card or debit 14 card, if such discounts are offered to all prospective buyers and 15 disclosed clearly and conspicuously; or 16 b. imposing a surcharge on a holder who, in connection with a credit 17 card or debit card transaction, receives cash back beyond the purchase 18 amount of the sales transaction, but such surcharge may only be applied 19 if disclosed clearly and conspicuously to the holder prior to the 20 completion of the transaction and only applied to the amount of cash 21 back provided by the seller. 22 3. No person may prohibit a seller from: EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09891-01-3A. 5924 2 1 a. offering discounts to a buyer to induce payment by cash, check, 2 debit card or similar means rather than by credit card or debit card if 3 such discounts are consistent with the requirements of this section; or 4 b. imposing a surcharge on a holder who, in connection with a credit 5 card or debit card transaction, receives cash back beyond the purchase 6 amount of the sales transaction, but such surcharge may only be applied 7 if disclosed clearly and conspicuously to the holder prior to the 8 completion of the transaction and only applied to the amount of cash 9 back provided by the seller. 10 4. An electronic payment system may not, directly or through any 11 agent, processor or member of such system, impose any requirement, 12 condition, penalty or fine in a contract with a seller relating to the 13 display, at the point of sale, of pricing for goods or services offered 14 by seller, including a display relating to a discount to induce payment 15 by cash, check or similar means. This prohibition shall not apply with 16 respect to the display of pricing for goods or services in advertise- 17 ments. 18 5. Any seller who violates the provisions of this section shall be 19 guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed five hundred 20 dollars or a term of imprisonment up to one year, or both. 21 6. If an electronic payment system imposes a fine on an acquirer that 22 results in the payment by a seller that violates any provision of this 23 section, the electronic payment system shall be liable to the seller for 24 the amount of any such fine paid by the seller, and, in addition, 25 subject to a civil penalty up to twice the amount of such fine. 26 § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after 27 it shall have become a law.