Bill S502-2013

Requires credit card solicitations and statements to display a "Credit Card Facts" display box

Requires credit card solicitations and statements to display a "Credit Card Facts" display box.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO CONSUMER PROTECTION
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO CONSUMER PROTECTION

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BILL NUMBER:S502

TITLE OF BILL:

An act to amend the general business law, in relation to requiring credit card solicitations and statements to display a "Credit Card Facts" display box

PURPOSE:

To allow consumers to easily scan credit card solicitations and credit card statements by placing an easy to read box, similar to the Federal Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, with vital information such as interest rates, purchases, balance transfers, cash advances, late payments warnings, credit limit warnings and more.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section One of the bill amends the General Business Law by adding 520-d which requires personally mailed credit card solicitations, credit card applications, and credit card statements to display an easy to read "Credit Card Facts" box similar to the one used for the Federal Labeling and Education Act.

The box must include, in plain language information related to the interest rate, a list of purchases, balance transfers, cash advances, late payments, minimum interest, fees, foreign currency purchases, balance transfers, cash advances, exceeding credit card limits, in full due dates and warnings.

EXISTING LAW:

New Bill.

JUSTIFICATION:

The Federal Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990 created an easy to read, plain language format for consumers to quickly gather essential nutritional information on food products.

It makes sense that consumers have the same format when selecting a credit card, as well as information on the activity, interest rates and fees placed on their credit card. This information should not be lost in small, hard to read and confusing print.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2009: S,6253 (Duane), Died in Rules 2010: S.6253 (Duane), Died in Consumer Protection

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Minimal.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Minimal.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the first January next succeeding the date on which it shall have become law.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 502 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. ESPAILLAT -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Consumer Protection AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to requiring cred- it card solicitations and statements to display a "Credit Card Facts" display box THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The general business law is amended by adding a new section 520-d to read as follows: S 520-D. CREDIT CARD FACTS DISPLAY. 1. IN ADDITION TO THE DISCLOSURES REQUIRED BY SECTION FIVE HUNDRED TWENTY OF THIS ARTICLE, ALL APPLICATION FORMS OR PRE-APPROVED WRITTEN SOLICITATIONS TO ENTER INTO A CREDIT CARD AGREEMENT WHICH ARE MAILED TO AN INDIVIDUAL RESIDING IN THIS STATE, BY OR ON BEHALF OF AN ISSUER, WHETHER OR NOT THE ISSUER IS LOCATED IN THIS STATE, OTHER THAN AN APPLICATION FORM OR SOLICITATION INCLUDED IN A MAGAZINE, NEWSPAPER, OR OTHER PUBLICATION DISTRIBUTED BY SOMEONE OTHER THAN THE ISSUER, AND, ANY APPLICATION FOR A CREDIT CARD WHICH IS DISTRIBUTED OR MADE AVAILABLE IN THIS STATE TO A RESIDENT OF THIS STATE IN AN OFFICE OR OTHER PLACE OF BUSINESS OWNED OR OPERATED BY THE ISSUER, SHALL CONTAIN THE DISCLOSURES SET FORTH IN SUBDIVISION THREE OF THIS SECTION IN THE FORM OF A CREDIT CARD FACTS DISPLAY AND SHALL USE SUBSTANTIALLY THE SAME FORMAT AND TERMINOLOGY SHOWN IN SUBDIVISION THREE OF THIS SECTION. 2. ALL CREDIT CARD STATEMENTS WHICH ARE MAILED OR PROVIDED ELECTRON- ICALLY TO AN INDIVIDUAL RESIDING IN THIS STATE, BY OR ON BEHALF OF AN ISSUER, WHETHER OR NOT THE ISSUER IS LOCATED IN THIS STATE, SHALL CONTAIN THE DISCLOSURES SET FORTH IN SUBDIVISION THREE OF THIS SECTION IN THE FORM OF A CREDIT CARD FACTS DISPLAY AND SHALL USE SUBSTANTIALLY THE SAME FORMAT AND TERMINOLOGY SHOWN IN SUBDIVISION THREE OF THIS SECTION.
3. A. THE CREDIT CARD FACTS DISPLAY SHALL BE BOXED WITH ALL BLACK OR ONE COLOR TYPE PRINTED ON A WHITE OR NEUTRAL BACKGROUND. B. HELVETICA BLACK BOLD TYPEFACE SHALL BE USED FOR ALL HEADINGS AND SUBHEADINGS AND HELVETICA REGULAR TYPEFACE MAY BE USED FOR INFORMATION DISCLOSURES. C. TYPE SIZE SHALL BE: (I) SIXTEEN POINT OR LARGER FOR THE PRIMARY "CREDIT CARD FACTS" HEADING; (II) TWELVE POINT OR LARGER FOR THE "INTEREST RATE", "FEES", "PAYMENT OPTIONS" AND "WARNINGS" HEADINGS; AND (III) TEN POINT OR LARGER FOR THE SUBHEADINGS AND INFORMATION DISCLO- SURES. D. AN EIGHT POINT RULE SEPARATES LARGE GROUPINGS AS SHOWN BELOW IN THIS SUBDIVISION. A SIX POINT RULE INFORMATION DISCLOSURE LINES. E. ALL LABELS ARE ENCLOSED BY ONE-HALF POINT BOX RULE WITHIN THREE POINTS OF TEXT MEASURE. CREDIT CARD FACTS HERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE TERMS OF THIS CREDIT CARD ACCOUNT INTEREST RATES PURCHASES ________________________________________________________________________ BALANCE TRANSFERS ________________________________________________________________________ CASH ADVANCES ________________________________________________________________________ LATE PAYMENTS ________________________________________________________________________ MINIMUM INTEREST FEES FOREIGN CURRENCY PURCHASES ________________________________________________________________________ BALANCE TRANSFERS ________________________________________________________________________ CASH ADVANCES ________________________________________________________________________ LATE PAYMENTS ________________________________________________________________________ EXCEEDING CREDIT LIMIT PAYMENT OPTIONS IN FULL BY DUE DATE ________________________________________________________________________ MINIMUM BALANCE BY DUE DATE WARNINGS LATE PAYMENTS S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed- ing the date on which it shall have become a law.

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