senate Bill S1878A

Requires gas and electric utilities to make available to landlords upon request information concerning gas and electric charges incurred for residential premises

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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
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  • 13 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 16 / Mar / 2011
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 16 / Mar / 2011
    • PRINT NUMBER 1878A
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 13 / Mar / 2012
    • NOTICE OF COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION - REQUESTED
  • 13 / Mar / 2012
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES

Summary

Requires gas and electric utilities to make available to landlords or lessors, upon request of prospective tenants or lessees, information concerning gas and electric charges incurred for residential rental premises; provides that such information shall be furnished without any charge or fee.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3780A
Versions:
S1878
S1878A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง66-m, Pub Serv L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2009-2010: S8097, A5691
2007-2008: A5049, A5049

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BILL NUMBER:S1878A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the public service law, in relation to making gas and electric
billing information for residential rental
premises available upon request

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
Requires gas and electric utility companies to make available to any
landlord and lessor of residential rental premises, upon the request
of a prospective tenant or lessor of a residential unit, information
concerning gas and electric charges incurred from prior occupants of
the dwelling.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
The public service law is amended by adding a new section 66-m to
require gas and electric utilities to make available to persons upon
request information concerning gas and electric charges incurred for
residential premises. The bill also stipulates that only billing
information be made available and that no identifying information is
to be provided.

JUSTIFICATION:
Currently, gas and electric companies have stopped providing billing
information to potential tenants and homeowners who wish to move into
a residential dwelling. This prevents them from inquiring about the
costs associated with heating a potential residence. People should
have the right to inquire from a gas and electric company the amount
of the bills being paid for heat and electric service by the prior
customer before they move into a residence. They should not have to
rely on a landlord or homeowner's word about how much it costs to
heat a residence.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
A.5049 (2007-08): Referred to Energy and Telecommunications
A.9711 (2005-06): Referred to Rules
A.4794 (2003-04): Referred to Corps
A.1967 (2001-02): Passed Assembly

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it
shall have become a law; provided that the public service commission
is authorized to promulgate any and all rules and regulations and take
any other measures necessary to implement this act on its effective
date on or before such date.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 1878--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 13, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. ESPAILLAT, HUNTLEY, KRUEGER, MONTGOMERY, PERKINS --
  read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to
  the   Committee   on   Energy   and  Telecommunications  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN ACT to amend the public service law, in relation to  making  gas  and
  electric billing information for residential rental premises available
  upon request

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The public service law is amended by adding a  new  section
66-m to read as follows:
  S  66-M.  GAS  AND ELECTRIC BILLING INFORMATION FOR RESIDENTIAL RENTAL
PREMISES. EVERY GAS CORPORATION, ELECTRIC CORPORATION, AND  MUNICIPALITY
SHALL  MAKE  AVAILABLE  TO  ANY LANDLORD OR LESSOR OF RESIDENTIAL RENTAL
PREMISES, WITHIN TEN DAYS OF RECEIPT OF A WRITTEN REQUEST THEREFOR  FROM
ANY  PROSPECTIVE  TENANT OR LESSEE THEREOF, PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF
TENANCY OR EXECUTION OF A LEASE, INFORMATION CONSISTING OF  THE  CHARGES
INCURRED  AT  SUCH  PREMISES FOR GAS OR ELECTRIC SERVICE OR BOTH FOR THE
LIFE OF THE DWELLING UNIT OR THE PRECEDING TWO YEAR PERIOD, WHICHEVER IS
SHORTER. SUCH INFORMATION SHALL BE IDENTIFIED SOLELY BY THE  ADDRESS  OF
THE  DWELLING  UNIT,  AND  NO  OTHER  INFORMATION IDENTIFYING THE OWNER,
LESSEE, OR OTHER OCCUPANT OF THE DWELLING UNIT SHALL BE UTILIZED FOR, OR
MADE AVAILABLE IN CONNECTION WITH, THE FURNISHING OF BILLING INFORMATION
PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION.  SUCH INFORMATION SHALL BE FURNISHED  TO  BOTH
THE  LANDLORD  OR LESSOR AND TO THE PROSPECTIVE TENANT OR LESSEE WITHOUT
THE IMPOSITION OF ANY CHARGE OR FEE THEREFOR BY ANY PARTY TO ANY PARTY.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
it shall have become a law; provided that the public service  commission
is  authorized to  promulgate any and all rules and regulations and take
any other measures necessary to implement this act on its effective date
on or before such date.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06297-02-1

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