senate Bill S655

Relates to rates charged volunteer fire companies and volunteer ambulance companies

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    • Passed Assembly
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  • 05 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Summary

Relates to rates charged volunteer fire companies and volunteer ambulance companies.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10379
Versions:
S655
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Energy And Telecommunications
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง76, Pub Serv L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2009-2010: S4879, A8136
2011-2012: A8136

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BILL NUMBER:S655

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the public service law, in relation to rates charged volunteer
fire companies and volunteer ambulance companies

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill includes volunteer fire and
ambulance companies amongst those volunteer organizations for which a
utility may only charge residential rates.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Amends section 76 of the public
service law to include volunteer fire companies and volunteer
ambulance companies amongst the organizations that are charged
residential rates.

JUSTIFICATION:
Our volunteer fire and ambulance companies provide
lifesaving services to the community with their members answering the
emergency bell at any time, day or night. To that end, we should
ensure that volunteer fire and ambulance companies are able to
receive the lowest cost electric rates available.

It is important to note that section 76 of the public service law
currently provides that veteran organizations, religious bodies and
community residences are billed a lower residential rate and this
bill simply includes volunteer fire and ambulance companies within
that section.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.4879 of 2009-2010

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Thirty days after it shall have become law.

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

                                   655

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. VALESKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-
  cations

AN  ACT  to  amend  the public service law, in relation to rates charged
  volunteer fire companies and volunteer ambulance companies

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

  Section 1. Section 76 of the public service law, as amended by chapter
82 of the laws of 1998, is amended to read as follows:
  S  76.  Rates charged veteran organizations, VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANIES,
VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE COMPANIES,  religious  bodies  and  community  resi-
dences.  No gas corporation, electric corporation or municipality shall,
directly or indirectly, charge, demand, collect or receive from any post
or hall owned or leased by a not-for-profit corporation that is a veter-
ans' organization, VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY, VOLUNTEER  AMBULANCE  COMPANY
or  corporation or association organized and conducted in good faith for
religious purposes, including the operation by such corporation or asso-
ciation of a school, notwithstanding that secular subjects are taught at
such school, or from a community residence  as  defined  in  subdivision
twenty-eight,  twenty-eight-a  or  twenty-eight-b of section 1.03 of the
mental hygiene law, provided, however,  that  such  residence  shall  be
operated  by a not-for-profit corporation and if supervisory staff is on
site on a twenty-four hour per day basis, that  the  residence  provides
living  accommodations  for fourteen or fewer residents, a rate, regard-
less of the type of service offered, for any  gas  or  electric  service
utilized  exclusively  in  connection  with  such  veteran organization,
VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY, VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE COMPANY or  for  such  reli-
gious  purposes  or  utilized  exclusively  at  such community residence
greater than the  rates  or  charges  charged,  demanded,  collected  or
received  by  such gas corporation, electric corporation or municipality

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03513-01-1

S. 655                              2

from domestic consumers receiving single-phase service within  the  same
village, town or municipality.
  S  2.  This  act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall
have become a law.

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