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§40-6-22  Disclosure of information – Penalty. –

Published: 2015

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Human services


Public Assistance Act

SECTION 40-6-22

   § 40-6-22  Disclosure of information –

Penalty. –

(a) For purposes of this section, a "financial institution" means a bank,

savings bank, national bank, trust company, building and loan association, loan

and investment company, credit union, safe deposit company, any person or

corporation registered to sell securities under the provisions of chapter 11 of

title 7, or federal savings and loan institution authorized to do business

under the laws of this state.

   (b) A financial institution, upon written request or upon

request made by computer file on magnetic tape, signed or submitted by an

authorized employee of the department of human services, shall inform the

department of the amount deposited in the financial institution to the credit

of a person named in or otherwise identified in the request as an applicant for

or recipient of public assistance under chapter 6 or 8 of this title. Upon the

request, the financial institution shall provide the requested deposit

information, in writing or by computer file on magnetic tape, to the department

of human services within sixty (60) days from the receipt of the request. The

department shall not submit its information request by computer file on

magnetic tape to a financial institution, which does not maintain deposit

information on computer files, and the financial institution shall not be

required to provide deposit information by computer file on magnetic tape.

   (c) A financial institution shall be subject to a penalty of

one hundred dollars ($100) for each willful failure to provide the department

with the requested information. The department may recover the penalty by civil

action in any court of competent jurisdiction.

   (d) The department of human services may disclose information

obtained pursuant to this section to an agency or department of another state

administering a public assistance program, provided that the department of

human services has executed a reciprocal agreement with the agency or

department for the reciprocal disclosure of deposit information.

History of Section.

(P.L. 1987, ch. 118, art. 13, § 2.)