senate Bill S1924

Amended

Provides for a priority call system for use in connection with emergency disconnections of utilities, service coverage and oversight of response time

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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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  • 09 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 31 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 31 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 1924A

Summary

Provides for a priority call system for use in connection with emergency disconnections of utilities, service coverage and oversight of response time in connection with the emergency disconnection of utilities.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1924
S1924A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Energy And Telecommunications
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add §48-a, amd §§65, 66 & 80, Pub Serv L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S1249
2009-2010: S8304

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BILL NUMBER:S1924

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the public service law, in relation to providing for a priority
call system for use in connection with emergency disconnections of
utilities, service coverage and oversight of response time in connection
with the emergency disconnection of utilities

PURPOSE:
The bill provides for a priority call system for use in connection
with emergency disconnections of utilities, service coverage and
oversight of response time.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1- The public service law is amended by adding a new section
48-a.

Section 2- Section 65 of the public service law is amended by adding a
new subdivision 14.

Section 3- Section 66 of the public service law is amended by adding a
new subdivision 29.

Section 4- Section 80 of the public service law is amended by adding a
new subdivision 13.

Section 5- contains effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
To have a process dealing with disconnecting a power source during an
emergency - such as a fire - is extremely important. currently, the
utility company is responsible for the disconnection and firefighters
are unable to do their job until the utility cuts the power to a
building. Low staffing ratios and inadequate process and procedures
have lead to delays in such instances. This legislation will put in
place processes and procedures to comply with emergency shut offs and
create a mechanism for review to improve response time.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2011-2012: S. 1249 Referred to Energy and Telecommunications

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1924

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. ADDABBO -- 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 providing for a
  priority call system for use  in  connection  with  emergency  discon-
  nections of utilities, service coverage and oversight of response time
  in connection with the emergency disconnection of utilities

  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
48-a to read as follows:
  S  48-A.  PRIORITY  CALL SYSTEM AND REPORTING. 1. THE COMMISSION SHALL
ESTABLISH A PRIORITY CALL SYSTEM FOR USE BY POLICE AND FIRE  DEPARTMENTS
AND  AGENCIES  IN  THE  EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY REQUIRING DISCONNECTION OF
UTILITY SERVICES PROVIDED BY A CORPORATION SUBJECT TO THIS ARTICLE. SUCH
SYSTEM SHALL BE IN OPERATION AT ALL TIMES, AND SHALL PROVIDE  ACCESS  TO
ONE OR MORE EMPLOYEES OF A CORPORATION, WHICH EMPLOYEES SHALL BE AUTHOR-
IZED  TO  DIRECT  THE  IMMEDIATE  DISCONNECTION.    THE COMMISSION SHALL
PROMULGATE SUCH RULES AND REGULATIONS AS IT DEEMS NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT
THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION.
  2. EACH CORPORATION SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF  THIS  ARTICLE  SHALL
ESTABLISH A PRIORITY CALL SYSTEM, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RULES AND REGU-
LATIONS  OF  THE  COMMISSION, FOR USE BY POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND
AGENCIES IN  THE  EVENT  OF  AN  EMERGENCY  REQUIRING  DISCONNECTION  OF
SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE CORPORATION.
  3.  EACH  CORPORATION  SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS CHAPTER SHALL
ANNUALLY FILE WITH THE COMMISSION A REPORT, IN SUCH FORM AS THE  COMMIS-
SION  SHALL  PRESCRIBE,  DETAILING  THE  DATES AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF EACH
REQUESTED EMERGENCY DISCONNECTION, THE IDENTITY OF  THE  PERSON,  AGENCY
AND DEPARTMENT MAKING THE REQUEST, THE RESPONSE TO EACH SUCH REQUEST AND

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04966-01-3

S. 1924                             2

THE  TIME  REQUIRED TO ACCOMPLISH THE DISCONNECTION OF SERVICE, TOGETHER
WITH SUCH OTHER INFORMATION THE COMMISSION DEEMS  RELEVANT.  FAILURE  TO
COMPLY  WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL RESULT IN A PENAL-
TY,  PAYABLE  TO  THE  COMMISSION, OF ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS PER DAY UNTIL
SUCH TIME AS THE COMPLETED REPORT IS FILED.
  S 2. Section 65 of the public service law is amended by adding  a  new
subdivision 14 to read as follows:
  14.  NOTWITHSTANDING  ANY  OTHER  PROVISION OF LAW, IN ORDER TO ENSURE
ADEQUATE SERVICE, EACH CORPORATION SUBJECT TO THIS ARTICLE SHALL ASSIGN,
AT A MINIMUM, ONE SERVICE PERSON FOR EVERY TWENTY THOUSAND PEOPLE IN THE
POPULATION IN EACH LOCAL AREA SERVED BY THE CORPORATION.
  S 3. Section 66 of the public service law is amended by adding  a  new
subdivision 29 to read as follows:
  29.  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL HAVE THE POWER TO REQUIRE EACH CORPORATION
SUBJECT TO THIS ARTICLE, INCLUDING ELECTRIC CORPORATIONS AND GAS  CORPO-
RATIONS,  TO  MAINTAIN  RECORDS OF AND FILE REPORTS REGARDING THE CORPO-
RATION'S RESPONSE TIMES IN CONNECTION WITH THE DISCONNECTION OF  SERVICE
PROVIDED BY THE CORPORATION DURING EMERGENCY SITUATIONS AND DURING EMER-
GENCY  AND/OR  DISASTER  PREPAREDNESS DRILLS CONDUCTED BY FEDERAL, STATE
AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT  LIMITED  TO  POLICE
AND  FIRE  DEPARTMENTS,  AND  TO CONDUCT AUDITS WITH REGARD THERETO. THE
COMMISSION  SHALL  HAVE  THE  POWER  TO  EXAMINE  THE  ACCOUNTS,  BOOKS,
CONTRACTS, RECORDS, DOCUMENTS AND PAPERS OF ANY SUCH CORPORATION REGARD-
ING THE RESPONSE TIME, TO DIRECT THE CORPORATION TO IMPLEMENT ANY RECOM-
MENDATIONS  THE  COMMISSION FINDS TO BE NECESSARY AND REASONABLE, AND TO
IMPOSE FINES FOR THE FAILURE TO FOLLOW THE COMMISSION'S RECOMMENDATIONS.
  S 4. Section 80 of the public service law is amended by adding  a  new
subdivision 13 to read as follows:
  13.  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL HAVE THE POWER TO REQUIRE EACH CORPORATION
SUBJECT TO THIS ARTICLE TO MAINTAIN RECORDS OF THE FILE REPORTS  REGARD-
ING  SUCH  CORPORATION'S  RESPONSE  TIMES IN CONNECTION WITH THE DISCON-
NECTION OF SERVICE PROVIDED BY THE CORPORATION  DURING  EMERGENCY  SITU-
ATIONS   AND   DURING  EMERGENCY  AND/OR  DISASTER  PREPAREDNESS  DRILLS
CONDUCTED BY FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES,  INCLUDING,
BUT  NOT  LIMITED  TO POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS, AND TO CONDUCT AUDITS
WITH REGARD THERETO. THE COMMISSION SHALL HAVE THE POWER TO EXAMINE  THE
ACCOUNTS,  BOOKS,  CONTRACTS,  RECORDS, DOCUMENTS AND PAPERS OF ANY SUCH
CORPORATION REGARDING THE RESPONSE TIME, TO DIRECT SUCH CORPORATIONS  TO
IMPLEMENT  ANY  RECOMMENDATIONS THE COMMISSION FINDS TO BE NECESSARY AND
REASONABLE, AND TO IMPOSE FINES FOR THE FAILURE TO  FOLLOW  THE  COMMIS-
SION'S RECOMMENDATIONS.
  S 5. This act shall take effect immediately.

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