Bill Text: NY A01574 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Requires the state to keep state lottery winners' identities anonymous to the general public unless the lottery winner gives their consent.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-01-15 - referred to ways and means [A01574 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A01574-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
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                                          1574
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 15, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by  M.  of A. PHEFFER AMATO -- read once and referred to the
          Committee on Ways and Means
        AN ACT to amend the tax law, in relation to requiring the state to  keep
          state  lottery  winners  identities  anonymous  to  the general public
          unless the lottery winner gives their consent
          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
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD03723-01-9

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     1  the winner is entitled.  The division shall not  publicly  disclose  the
     2  name,  address  or  other  identifying  information  of  any holder of a
     3  winning ticket or require any  winning  ticket  holder  to  perform  any
     4  public actions in connection with the awarding, payment or collection of
     5  prize  moneys  unless  a holder of a winning ticket gives consent to the
     6  division to do so. The division  shall  be  discharged  of  all  further
     7  liability upon payment of a prize pursuant to this subdivision.
     8    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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