senate Bill S6138A

Signed by Governor

Relates to permitted changes in rate schedules for telephone companies

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor
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  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 27 / Feb / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.186
  • 03 / Mar / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 04 / Mar / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 24 / Mar / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 24 / Mar / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 24 / Mar / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS
  • 30 / May / 2014
    • RECALLED FROM ASSEMBLY
  • 30 / May / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 02 / Jun / 2014
    • VOTE RECONSIDERED - RESTORED TO THIRD READING
  • 02 / Jun / 2014
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 6138A
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • REPASSED SENATE
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • RETURNED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO WAYS AND MEANS
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A8578A
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING RULES CAL.395
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 05 / Dec / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 17 / Dec / 2014
    • SIGNED CHAP.517

Summary

Relates to permitted changes in rate schedules for telephone companies; provides that a "major change" shall mean an increase in rates, charges and rentals which would increase the aggregate revenues of the applicant more than the greater of five hundred thousand dollars or two and one-half percent.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8578A
Versions:
S6138
S6138A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง92, Pub Serv L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S6138A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to
changes in rate schedules for telephone companies

PURPOSE:

To update requirements for proceedings before the Public Service
Commission required for small businesses providing telephone service
in New York State.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1: increases the amount that a small telephone company can
adjust its rates from $300,000 to $500,000 while maintaining their
exemption from a formal proceeding before the Public service
commission (PSC). Further the section reiterates the Authority of the
Commission that already exists in statute to hold a hearing on such
rate case if the PSC should deem it necessary.

Section 2: Sets forth the effective date

JUSTIFICATION:

Small telephone providers struggle to provide service to customers
across upstate New York, because of increasing costs and regulatory
burdens. One such burden, involves the need for a full proceeding
process before the Public Service Commission for even modest
adjustments in rates. Such hearing can cost tens of thousands of
dollars, which would otherwise be used to limit the need for a rate
adjustment or be invested back into the company to enhance services.
Small Telephone companies provide critical links to technology and
information to customers in some of the most rural parts of our state,
and ensure that those customers are never left without a means of
communications in an emergency. These companies are also a source of
good paying jobs in parts of the state that desperately need economic
development. In 1998, the Legislature acted to increase the exemption
from a Commission proceeding from $150,000 to $300,000. Fifteen years
later, another adjustment is needed to continue to provide the same
level of benefit to these small businesses, who are struggling, by
keeping up with the rate of inflation and cost of doing business.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

This is a new bill.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                 6138--A
    Cal. No. 186

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 8, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-
  cations  --  reported  favorably from said committee, ordered to first
  and second report, ordered to a third reading, passed  by  Senate  and
  delivered  to  the  Assembly, recalled, vote reconsidered, restored to
  third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its  place  in
  the order of third reading

AN  ACT  to amend the public service law, in relation to changes in rate
  schedules for telephone companies

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

  Section  1. Paragraph (c) of subdivision 2 of section 92 of the public
service law, as amended by chapter 162 of the laws of 1998,  is  amended
to read as follows:
  (c) For the purpose of this subdivision, "major changes" shall mean an
increase  in  rates, charges and rentals which would increase the aggre-
gate revenues of the applicant more than the  greater  of  [three]  FIVE
hundred  thousand  dollars  or  two  and one-half percent, but shall not
include changes in rates, charges or rentals allowed to go  into  effect
by  the  commission  or  made by the utility pursuant to an order of the
commission after hearings held  upon  notice  to  the  public.    IF  AN
INCREASE  IN  RATES,  CHARGES  AND  RENTALS WOULD INCREASE THE AGGREGATE
REVENUES OF THE APPLICANT BY LESS THAN FIVE  HUNDRED  THOUSAND  DOLLARS,
THE  COMMISSION  MAY  HOLD  A  HEARING PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH (E) OF THIS
SUBDIVISION AND/OR PROVIDE A STATEMENT PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION  FOUR  OF
THIS SECTION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13142-03-4

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