Relates to the publication by the state of the receipt of unclaimed funds.
Ayes (31): DeFrancisco, Bonacic, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Lanza, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, O'Mara, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Savino, Seward, Krueger, Diaz, Dilan, Rivera, Gianaris, Breslin, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Stavisky, Squadron, Kennedy, Espaillat
Ayes W/R (1): Nozzolio
Absent (1): Sampson
Excused (3): Larkin, Young, Montgomery
Ayes (61): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Nays (2): Ball, Marchione
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the abandoned property law and the state technology law, in relation to unclaimed funds
PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to eliminate barriers for the visually impaired to access and obtain unclaimed funds from the state comptroller's office, and ensure that all New Yorkers are made aware that they can obtain unclaimed funds directly from the state free of charge.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 Paragraph (b) of subdivision 1 of section 1402 of the abandoned property law is re-lettered paragraph (c) and a new paragraph (b) is added to require the state comptroller twice a year to publish via newspaper a statement of what abandoned property is held by the state. The publication would also include, in type sufficient for a visually impaired person to read, a notice that a large print listing of abandoned property can be obtained by writing the state comptroller's office.
Section 2 amends section 103 of the state technology law by adding a subdivision 18 requiring the Office of Information Technology Services to consult with the state commission on the blind and visually handicapped to develop accessibility standards for typeface and font size that would assist the visually impaired.
JUSTIFICATION: New Yorkers with visual impairments have difficulty determining whether they have unclaimed funds held by the state comptroller. Notification provisions have never been friendly to those with visual impairment. As a result, many New Yorkers are unaware that they have unclaimed funds. This legislation would require the comptroller to include a notice that readers may obtain a large print copy of the unclaimed funds list by writing the comptroller's office or having a search conducted for them by calling a designated number. The notice must appear in font-size determined by the New York State Office for Technology; therefore, making the information readily available to the visually impaired.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This legislation was previously introduced.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal to the state.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This Act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1303 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to amend the abandoned property law and the state technology law, in relation to unclaimed funds THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 1 of section 1402 of the aban- doned property law is relettered paragraph (c) and a new paragraph (b) is added to read as follows: (B) IN ADDITION TO THE LIST REQUIRED BY PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVI- SION, EACH SEPTEMBER AND MARCH, THE STATE COMPTROLLER SHALL PUBLISH IN A NEWSPAPER, AS PROVIDED BY SECTION ONE THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED TEN OF THIS ARTICLE, A STATEMENT OF ABANDONED PROPERTY PAID TO AND HELD BY THE STATE, FOR THE RESPECTIVE ANNUAL PERIODS JUNE FIRST, THROUGH NOVEMBER THIRTIETH AND DECEMBER FIRST, THROUGH MAY THIRTY-FIRST. EACH AND EVERY TIME THE COMPTROLLER PUBLISHES SUCH A STATEMENT, HE OR SHE SHALL INCLUDE A NOTICE THAT READERS MAY OBTAIN A LARGE PRINT COPY OF THE UNCLAIMED FUNDS LIST BY WRITING THE COMPTROLLER'S OFFICE OR HAVE A SEARCH CONDUCTED FOR THEM BY CALLING A DESIGNATED NUMBER. THIS NOTICE MUST APPEAR IN TYPEFACE AND FONT-SIZE ESTABLISHED BY THE NEW YORK STATE OFFICE FOR TECHNOLOGY TO ASSIST THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED AND INCLUDE THE PHONE NUMBER AND MAILING ADDRESS TO THE NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER, OFFICE OF UNCLAIMED FUNDS. S 2. Section 103 of the state technology law is amended by adding a new subdivision 18 to read as follows: 18. TO CONSULT WITH THE COMMISSION ON THE BLIND AND VISUALLY HAND- ICAPPED TO DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN ACCESSIBILITY STANDARDS FOR TYPEFACE AND FONT SIZE TO ASSIST THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED. S 3. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03547-01-3