Bill Text: NY A06657 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Relates to the creation of the emergency financial relief fund to provide financial relief to federal employees or employees of federal contractors who are residents of New York state and required to work without compensation or placed on unpaid leave as a result of a lapse in appropriations by the United States government beginning on or after December 22, 2018; also provides financial relief to non-profit organizations licensed to do business in New York state, with a contract to provide services to the federal government, and that are not providing such services as a result of such lapse in appropriations.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-04-08 - enacting clause stricken [A06657 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A06657-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
                                          6657
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     March 14, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by M. of A. BLAKE -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Ways and Means
        AN ACT to amend the tax law and the state finance law,  in  relation  to
          the creation of the emergency financial relief fund
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The tax law is amended by adding a  new  section  630-g  to
     2  read as follows:
     3    §  630-g.  Gift  for emergency financial relief. Effective for any tax
     4  year commencing on or after January first,  two  thousand  nineteen,  an
     5  individual  and/or  business in any taxable year may elect to contribute
     6  to the emergency financial relief fund. Such contribution  shall  be  in
     7  any  whole  dollar  amount and shall not include or reduce the amount of
     8  state tax owed by such individual or business.  The  commissioner  shall
     9  include  space on the personal income and business income tax returns to
    10  enable a taxpayer to make such contribution. Notwithstanding  any  other
    11  provision  of law, all revenues collected pursuant to this section shall
    12  be credited to the emergency financial relief fund and used only for the
    13  purposes enumerated in section eighty-nine-j of the state finance law.
    14    § 2. The state finance law is amended by adding a new section 89-j  to
    15  read as follows:
    16    §  89-j.  Emergency  financial  relief fund. 1. There is hereby estab-
    17  lished in joint custody of the state comptroller,  the  commissioner  of
    18  taxation and finance, and the commissioner of labor a special fund to be
    19  known as the emergency financial relief fund.
    20    2.  The  emergency  financial  relief  fund  shall consist of revenues
    21  received by the department of taxation  and  finance,  pursuant  to  the
    22  provisions of section six hundred thirty-g of the tax law, and all other
    23  monies  appropriated,  credited,  or  transferred thereto from any other
    24  fund or source pursuant to law. For each state fiscal year, there  shall
    25  be  appropriated  to  the  fund  by  the state, in addition to all other
    26  monies required to be deposited into such fund, an amount equal  to  the
    27  amounts  of  monies  collected  and  deposited into the fund pursuant to
    28  section six hundred thirty-g of the tax law, and the amounts  of  monies
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD09744-01-9

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     1  received  and  deposited  into  the fund from grants, gifts and bequests
     2  during the preceding calendar year, as  certified  by  the  comptroller.
     3  Nothing  in  this  section  shall  prevent the state from soliciting and
     4  receiving  grants, gifts or bequests for the purposes of the fund as set
     5  forth in this section and depositing them into the  fund  in  accordance
     6  with applicable law.
     7    3.  The  New York state department of labor shall administer the fund,
     8  and shall develop and implement rules and  procedures,  including  rules
     9  relating  to  eligibility  for and disbursement of awards, for providing
    10  emergency financial relief to any qualified person from  the  fund.  For
    11  purposes  of  this section, the following terms shall have the following
    12  meanings:  (a) a "qualified person" shall mean (i) a federal employee or
    13  an employee of a contractor of the federal government, who is a resident
    14  of this state, and required to work without compensation  or  placed  on
    15  unpaid leave as a result of a covered lapse in appropriations, or (ii) a
    16  non-profit  organization  licensed  to do business in this state, with a
    17  contract to provide services to the federal government, and that is  not
    18  providing  such  services  as  a  result of a covered lapse in appropri-
    19  ations, and (b) a "covered lapse in appropriations" shall mean any lapse
    20  in appropriations by the United States  government  that  begins  on  or
    21  after December twenty-second, two thousand eighteen.
    22    4.  On  or  before  the  first day of February each year, the New York
    23  state department of labor shall provide a written report to  the  gover-
    24  nor, the temporary president of the senate, the speaker of the assembly,
    25  the  chair of the senate committee on labor, and the chair of the assem-
    26  bly committee on labor.   Such report shall be  made  available  to  the
    27  public  on the New York state department of labor's website. Such report
    28  shall include how the monies  of  the  fund  were  utilized  during  the
    29  preceding calendar year and shall include:
    30    (a) the amount of money dispersed from the fund;
    31    (b) the recipients of awards from the fund;
    32    (c) the amount awarded to each recipient;
    33    (d) the purposes for which such awards were granted; and
    34    (e) a summary financial plan for such monies which shall include esti-
    35  mates of all receipts and all disbursements for the current and succeed-
    36  ing  fiscal  years,  along with the actual results from the prior fiscal
    37  year.
    38    5. On or before the first day of February of each calendar  year,  the
    39  comptroller  shall  certify  to the governor, the temporary president of
    40  the senate, the speaker of the assembly, the chair of the senate commit-
    41  tee on labor, and the chair of the  assembly  committee  on  labor,  the
    42  amount  of money deposited in the emergency financial relief fund during
    43  the preceding calendar year as a result of the revenue derived  pursuant
    44  to  section  six  hundred  thirty-g of the tax law, and from all grants,
    45  gifts and bequests.
    46    6. Monies of the fund shall be expended only for purposes  of  compen-
    47  sating a qualified person as determined by the New York state department
    48  of labor.
    49    7.  Monies  shall  be paid out of the fund on the audit and warrant of
    50  the comptroller on vouchers approved and certified by the New York state
    51  department of labor. Any interest received by the comptroller on deposit
    52  in the emergency financial relief fund shall be retained in  and  become
    53  part of such fund.
    54    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
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