senate Bill S1285

Directs New York state energy research and development authority to study the best technologies to enable blind and visually impaired to read utility meters

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 28 / Jan / 2009
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8437
Versions:
S1285
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Energy And Telecommunications
Law Section:
Public Service Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S1285

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to direct the New York state energy research and development
authority to study and report upon the best technology to enable blind
and visually impaired utility customers to read their meters; and to
amend the public service law, in relation to directing the public
service commission to promulgate rules and regulations requiring the
implementation of such technologies by utilities


PURPOSE :
To direct the New York state energy research and development authority
to study the best technologies to enable the blind and visually
impaired to read utility meters.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Section one of the bill directs the New York state energy research and
development authority (NYSERDA) to study and evaluate the best
existing technologies and equipment that could be implemented by
utilities and municipalities that would allow blind and visually
impaired customers to determine actual meter readings.

Section 2 of the bill requires NYSERDA, within 180 days of the
effective date, to issue a report on the findings of its study and
evaluation and to make recommendations to the governor, public service
commission (PSC) and legislature.

Section 3 of the bill adds section 39-a to the Public Service Law to
direct the PSC to promulgate rules and regulations to implement the
recommendations of the report.

Section 4 of the bill is the effective date.

EXISTING LAW :
None.

JUSTIFICATION :
The blind and visually impaired do not currently have the ability to
determine actual water, electric and/or gas meter readings. This bill
would require NYSERDA to undertake a study and evaluation of the best
existing technologies and equipment which could be utilized by utility
companies and municipalities that would allow their blind and visually
impaired customers to determine actual meter readings.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
To be determined.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This Act shall take effect immediately.
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