senate Bill S4081B

Repeals subdivision 6 of section 18-a of the public service law, relating to a temporary state energy and utility service conservation assessment

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  • 16 / Mar / 2011
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 29 / Mar / 2011
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 29 / Mar / 2011
    • PRINT NUMBER 4081A
  • 24 / May / 2011
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 02 / Jun / 2011
    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 02 / Jun / 2011
    • PRINT NUMBER 4081B
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Summary

Relates to the repeal of certain provisions relating to a temporary state energy and utility service conservation assessment; reduces the total amount that can be charged from one percent to one-third of one percent.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S4081
S4081A
S4081B
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Energy And Telecommunications
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Rpld §18-a sub 6, amd §18-a, Pub Serv L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S6132

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BILL NUMBER:S4081B

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the public service law, in relation to reducing the amount
a utility can be assessed and
to repeal certain provisions of such law relating to
a temporary state energy and
utility service conservation assessment

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To repeal subdivision 6 of section
18-A of the Public Service Law which establishes a "utility service
conservation assessment" on specified utility entities of 2% of gross
intrastate revenues, and a 1% of gross intrastate revenues for Long
Island Power Authority, and amend paragraph (g) of subdivision 2 of
section 18-A of the Public Service Law, to return this utility tax to
its previous level of one third of one percent.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Repeals subdivision 6 of section 18-A of the Public Service Law

JUSTIFICATION:
The Service Conservation Assessment is a fee placed on
utility companies including municipally owned utilities of 2 percent.
The tax creates a condition requiring utility companies to raise more
revenue to cover the assessment fee. Utility company's financial
resources are strained and to raise the mandated fee they have placed
the surcharge directly on customer's utility bills. The assessment
fees are scheduled to be deposited directly into the state's general
fund and only a portion will be passed on to the Public Service
Commission within each budget season. This legislation would provide
a direct savings to utility consumers. In 2009, when the extra
utility fee was enacted, the previous tax of one third of one percent
also was raised to one percent. This bill will reduce this tax to its
previous level.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2010 - S.6132/A.9098 - Energy/Corporations

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Consumers will save money from this unnecessary
tax. A $520 million loss of projected revenue to the State's General
Fund over the next 5 years by repealing the utility service
conservation assessment.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                 4081--B

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 16, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. RANZENHOFER, DeFRANCISCO, FUSCHILLO, GRIFFO, LARKIN,
  MAZIARZ, SALAND -- 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 -- reported favorably from said commit-
  tee and committed to the Committee on Finance -- committee discharged,
  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended  and  recommitted  to  said
  committee

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  public service law, in relation to reducing the
  amount a utility can be assessed and to repeal certain  provisions  of
  such  law  relating  to  a  temporary state energy and utility service
  conservation assessment

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

  Section  1. Subdivision 6 of section 18-a of the public service law is
REPEALED.
  S 2. Paragraph (g) of subdivision 2 of  section  18-a  of  the  public
service  law,  as  amended  by section 2 of part NN of chapter 59 of the
laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows:
  (g) The total amount which may be charged to any public utility compa-
ny under authority of this subdivision for any state fiscal  year  shall
not  exceed ONE-THIRD OF one per centum of such public utility company's
gross operating revenues derived from intrastate utility  operations  in
the last preceding calendar year, or other twelve month period as deter-
mined  by the chairman; provided, however, that no corporation or person
that is subject to the jurisdiction of the commission only with  respect
to  safety,  or  the  power authority of the state of New York, shall be
subject to the general assessment provided for under this subdivision.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02533-04-1

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