senate Bill S6244

Signed by Governor

Authorizes and directs the NYSPA to request information from beneficiaries of certain settlement proceedings and to report thereon; repealer

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  • 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 RULES
  • 13 / Jan / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.9
  • 22 / Jan / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 22 / Jan / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 23 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS
  • 10 / Feb / 2014
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A8495
  • 10 / Feb / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.448
  • 10 / Feb / 2014
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 10 / Feb / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 12 / Mar / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 17 / Mar / 2014
    • SIGNED CHAP.12

Summary

Authorizes and directs the NYSPA to request information from beneficiaries of certain settlement proceedings and to report thereon.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8495
Versions:
S6244
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Rpld ยง1005 sub 24, Pub Auth L

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BILL NUMBER:S6244

TITLE OF BILL: An act to repeal subdivision 24 of section 1005 of the
public authorities law relating to the powers and duties of the power
authority of the state of New York, and to authorize and direct the
power authority of the state of New York to request information from
beneficiaries of certain settlement proceedings and to report thereon;
and providing for the repeal of certain provisions upon expiration
thereof

PURPOSE OF BILL:

To make technical corrections to Chapter 552 of the Laws of 2013
relating to the powers and duties of the power authority of the state
of New York.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill repeals subdivision 24 of section 1005 of the
public authorities law (enacted as Chapter 552 of the Laws of 2013)
which directed the power authority of the state of New York to conduct
an audit, obtain information, and prepare a report with respect to
beneficiaries of the federal relicensing agreement approved by the
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that took effect on
September 1, 2007 in relation to the Niagara Power Project in
Lewiston, New York.

Section 2 of the bill requires the power authority of the state of New
York to obtain information from certain entities that received a
benefit from the authority as a result of proceedings related to the
relicensing of the Niagara power project that was approved by FERC,
and to issue a report on the results of the information requests.

Section 3 of the bill is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

In 2013, the Legislature passed and the governor signed into law
Chapter 552 of the Laws of 2013. This law requires the Power Authority
of the State of New York to audit beneficiaries of a power allocation
or cash payment in the federal relicensing agreement approved by FERC
that took effect on September 1, 2007, in relation to the Niagara
Power Project in Lewiston, NY.

This bill is a chapter amendment to Chapter 552 and makes technical
corrections to further ensure that the goals of transparency and
accountability are achieved.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6244

                            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 Rules

AN ACT to repeal subdivision 24 of section 1005 of the  public  authori-
  ties  law  relating to the powers and duties of the power authority of
  the state of New York, and to authorize and direct the power authority
  of the state of New York to request information from beneficiaries  of
  certain  settlement  proceedings  and to report thereon; and providing
  for the repeal of certain provisions upon expiration thereof

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

  Section  1.  Subdivision  24 of section 1005 of the public authorities
law, as added by chapter 552 of the laws of 2013, is REPEALED.
  S 2. The power authority of the state of New York ("authority")  shall
transmit  a  written  request for information ("information request") to
(i) each public entity within the state of New York ("state")  and  (ii)
each  private  entity  with  facilities  within the state (collectively,
"entity"), that received an allocation, sub-allocation  or  transfer  of
power,  grant  of money or any other tangible benefit from the authority
as a result of the settlement proceedings related to the relicensing  of
the  authority's  Niagara  power  project approved by the federal energy
regulatory commission that took effect on September 1, 2007.
  (a) The authority shall seek  from  each  such  entity  the  following
information:
  1. all purposes for which the power allocation or grant was used;
  2. whether any portion of the power allocation or grant or any benefit
therefrom  was  sub-allocated or transferred to another person or entity
and, if so, the name and address of each such person or entity;
  3. whether the person or entity has a basis to believe that the  power
allocation or grant contributed to the retention or creation of new jobs
in  the  state  and,  if  so,  the estimated number of jobs retained and
created and the basis for the person or entity's estimate;
  4. whether the power allocation or grant provided any  other  benefits
and, if so, a description of all such benefits; and

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13458-01-4

S. 6244                             2

  5. the results of any audit conducted by the entity concerning the use
of  a power allocation or grant by the entity or any person to which any
portion of the power allocation or grant  was  sub-allocated  or  trans-
ferred.
  (b)  If the person or entity that received a power allocation or grant
lacks any of the  information  described  in  subdivision  (a)  of  this
section with respect to any portion of a grant that was sub-allocated or
transferred  to another person or entity, the authority shall transmit a
written request for information to each such person or  entity  for  the
purpose of obtaining such information.
  (c) Each entity or person that receives a written request for informa-
tion  from the authority pursuant to this act shall cooperate fully with
the authority, provide responsive information in a  timely  manner,  and
comply  with  other  requests and requirements deemed appropriate by the
authority or its designee.
  (d) The authority shall issue a report on the results of the  informa-
tion  requests  authorized  by  this  act by July 1, 2015. The authority
shall include in such report the identity of any entity or  person  that
received  a  request  for  information  from  the  authority but did not
provide responsive information. The authority shall post a copy  of  the
report on the authority's website and transmit a copy of the full report
to  the  governor, the temporary president of the senate, the speaker of
the assembly, the chairs of the  senate  energy  and  telecommunications
committee and the assembly corporations, authorities and commissions and
energy committees.
  (e)  The  information requests and report provided for by this section
may in the authority's discretion be conducted by the authority or by  a
qualified  contractor  selected  by the authority in accordance with the
authority's procurement guidelines.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately and  shall  be  deemed  to
have  been in full force and effect on and after the date chapter 552 of
the laws of 2013 took effect; provided, however,  that  section  two  of
this act shall expire and be deemed repealed July 1, 2015.

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