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A00863 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2023-2024 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 11, 2023
        Introduced by M. of A. DINOWITZ, WEPRIN -- read once and referred to the
          Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection
        AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to the termination
          of pre-recorded telephone messages
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Subdivision 8 of section 399-p of the general business law,
     2  as amended by chapter 176 of the laws of 1998, is  amended  to  read  as
     3  follows:
     4    8. Whenever there shall be a violation of this section, an application
     5  may  be  made  by  the attorney general in the name of the people of the
     6  state of New York to a court or justice having jurisdiction to issue  an
     7  injunction, and upon notice to the defendant of not less than five days,
     8  to  enjoin  and  restrain  the continuance of such violations; and if it
     9  shall appear to the satisfaction of  the  court  or  justice,  that  the
    10  defendant  has,  in  fact,  violated  this  section an injunction may be
    11  issued by such court or justice enjoining and  restraining  any  further
    12  violation,  without  requiring  proof that any person has, in fact, been
    13  injured or damaged thereby. In any such proceeding, the court  may  make
    14  allowances  to  the  attorney  general  as  provided in paragraph six of
    15  subdivision (a) of section eighty-three hundred three of the civil prac-
    16  tice law and rules, and direct restitution.  Whenever  the  court  shall
    17  determine  that  a violation of paragraph (a) of subdivision three[,] or
    18  subdivision four [or five] of this section has occurred, the  court  may
    19  impose  a  civil penalty of not more than two thousand dollars per call,
    20  up to a total of not more than twenty thousand dollars, for calls placed
    21  in violation of such subdivisions within a continuous  seventy-two  hour
    22  period.    Whenever  the court shall determine that a violation of para-
    23  graph (b) of subdivision three or subdivision five of this  section  has
    24  occurred,  the  court may impose a civil penalty of up to fifty thousand
    25  dollars. Whenever the court shall determine that a violation of subdivi-
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  sion six of this section, or a violation of subdivision  six-a  of  this
     2  section,  has occurred, the court may impose a civil penalty of not more
     3  than two thousand dollars. In connection with any such proposed applica-
     4  tion, the attorney general is authorized to take proof and make a deter-
     5  mination of the relevant facts and to issue subpoenas in accordance with
     6  the civil practice law and rules.
     7    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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