senate Bill S6619

Signed by Governor Amended

Relates to public hearing requirements before a gas or electric corporation closes a call center

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor
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  • 14 / Feb / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 27 / Feb / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.188
  • 03 / Mar / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 04 / Mar / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 10 / Mar / 2014
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 6619A
  • 24 / Mar / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 24 / Mar / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 24 / Mar / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A9104A
  • 09 / Jun / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.845
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 05 / Dec / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 17 / Dec / 2014
    • SIGNED CHAP.520

Summary

Relates to public hearing requirements before a gas or electric corporation closes a call center.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S6619
S6619A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง65, Pub Serv L

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BILL NUMBER:S6619

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to
public hearing requirements before a gas or electric corporation
closes a call center

PURPOSE: Chapter 330 of the laws of 2010 required that no call center
of a gas or electric facility may relocate without a hearing before
the Public Service Commission (PSC). This legislation outlines the
specific criteria for the required hearing.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends paragraph (b) of subdivision 13 of
section 65 of the public service law.

Requires that a public hearing must be called with 20 to 60 days of
receipt by the PSC of the notice to relocate and defines what
constitutes a public hearing.

JUSTIFICATION: Chapter 330 of the laws of 2010 requires that no
electric or gas call center may be relocated without a hearing before
the PSC. Recently there has been brought to the Legislature's
attention that the PSC has not had a required public hearing on a
possible call center closure. It appears there are some questions as
to what constitutes the hearing required by this statute; this
legislation will clarify the requirements.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Legislation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None beyond those required by the original
statute.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately

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

                                  6619

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 14, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. SAVINO, MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Energy and  Tele-
  communications

AN  ACT  to  amend the public service law, in relation to public hearing
  requirements before a gas or electric corporation closes a call center

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

  Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 13 of section 65 of the public
service  law, as added by chapter 330 of the laws of 2010, is amended to
read as follows:
  (b) No gas or electric corporation shall close a call center or  other
facility providing the customer assistance set forth in paragraph (a) of
this subdivision or relocate such customer assistance to another area of
New  York  state or outside of New York state without notice and hearing
before the commission.  UPON RECEIPT OF THE NOTICE REQUIRED PURSUANT  TO
THIS  PARAGRAPH,  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  PROMPTLY  FIX  A  DATE FOR THE
COMMENCEMENT OF A PUBLIC HEARING THEREON NOT LESS THAN TWENTY  NOR  MORE
THAN  SIXTY  DAYS  AFTER  SUCH  RECEIPT. THE TESTIMONY PRESENTED AT SUCH
HEARING MAY BE PRESENTED IN WRITING OR ORALLY, PROVIDED THAT THE COMMIS-
SION MAY MAKE RULES DESIGNED TO EXCLUDE REPETITIVE, REDUNDANT OR  IRREL-
EVANT TESTIMONY.  THE COMMISSION SHALL MAKE A RECORD OF ALL TESTIMONY IN
ALL  CONTESTED  HEARINGS.  FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION "PUBLIC HEARING"
MEANS A PUBLIC FORUM AT A  PHYSICAL  LOCATION,  ATTENDED  BY  COMMISSION
MEMBERS OR THEIR DESIGNEES, WHERE ORAL TESTIMONY IS ACCEPTED AND WRITTEN
TESTIMONY MAY BE SUBMITTED FOR INCLUSION IN THE RECORD. SUCH FORUM SHALL
BE  OPEN  TO  PARTIES  TO  THE PROCEEDING AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC FOR THE
PRESENTATION OF COMMENTS THAT SHALL BE LIMITED TO RELEVANT FACTS DIRECT-
LY RELATED  TO  THE  PROCEEDING  IN  QUESTION.  SUCH  HEARING  SHALL  BE
COMMENCED  UPON  PROPER  NOTICE TO THE PARTIES TO THE PROCEEDING AND THE
PUBLIC AT LEAST FOURTEEN DAYS PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED DATE.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13865-02-4

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