senate Bill S1599A

Signed By Governor
2009-2010 Legislative Session

Relates to intervenor funds for proceedings relating to siting of major utility transmission facilities

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    • Passed Assembly
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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Aug 26, 2009 signed chap.349
Aug 14, 2009 delivered to governor
Jul 16, 2009 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.905
substituted for s1599a
Jul 16, 2009 substituted by a1122
ordered to third reading cal.905
committee discharged and committed to rules
Jun 04, 2009 reported and committed to finance
Mar 06, 2009 print number 1599a
amend and recommit to energy and telecommunications
Feb 03, 2009 referred to energy and telecommunications

Votes

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Jul 16, 2009 - Rules committee Vote

S1599A
21
0
committee
21
Aye
0
Nay
2
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
1
Excused
0
Abstained
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Jun 4, 2009 - Energy and Telecommunications committee Vote

S1599A
12
0
committee
12
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
1
Excused
0
Abstained
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Energy and Telecommunications Committee Vote: Jun 4, 2009

excused (1)

Bill Amendments

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S1599 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1122
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §122, Pub Serv L; add §97-tt, St Fin L

S1599 - Bill Texts

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Relates to intervenor funds for proceedings relating to siting of major utility transmission facilities.

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BILL NUMBER: S1599

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the public service law, in relation to intervenor
funds for proceedings relating to siting of major utility transmission
facilities; and to amend the state finance law, in relation to
intervenor accounts


PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL :
To make funds available to help municipalities, citizens and community
groups intervene in proposed electric transmission projects.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS :
For every proposed electric transmission project in New York State,
there shall be intervenor funds available to affected and interested
parties. Each application shall be accompanied by a fee based upon the
size and length of the proposed project, up to $450,000. Such expenses
shall include costs associated with expert witnesses, consultants,
administrative and legal fees. The fund is established in the joint
custody of the state comptroller and the commissioner of taxation and
finance an account to be known as the intervenor account. Such account
shall consist of all revenues received from siting application fees
for electric major utility transmission facilities pursuant to section
one hundred twenty-two of the public service law. Moneys of the
account, following appropriation by the legislature, may be expended
in accordance with the provisions of section one hundred twenty two of
the public service law. Moneys shall be paid out of the account on the
audit and warrant of the state comptroller on vouchers certified or
approved by the chair of the public service commission.

JUSTIFICATION :
Due to the deregulation of the electric industry, critical reforms to
the Article VII process are necessary. Merchant electric transmission
developers are taking advantage of the restructured marketplace. This
bill would provide host communities with the resources necessary to
make their voices heard in a complex process. These reforms will
improve the process for host communities and municipalities, many of
which are strapped for cash and are currently unable to hire the
experts necessary to intervene effectively.

Currently, communities that want to affect the siting process in their
area have to raise the money themselves to have a strong voice in the
regulatory process. Today, the communities that intervene in the
process that sites power plants have had access to this kind of
resource. This bill would level the playing field so that all
communities have a voice in energy policy decisions that could impact
their lives.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
S.8497 of 2006
S.2200 of 2007

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect immediately.
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S1599A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1122
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §122, Pub Serv L; add §97-tt, St Fin L

S1599A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Relates to intervenor funds for proceedings relating to siting of major utility transmission facilities.

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BILL NUMBER: S1599A

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the public service law, in relation to intervenor
funds for proceedings relating to siting of major utility transmission
facilities; and to amend the state finance law, in relation to
intervenor accounts


PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL :
To make funds available to help municipalities, citizens and community
groups intervene in proposed electric transmission projects.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS :
For every proposed electric transmission project in New York State,
there shall be intervenor funds available to affected and interested
parties. Each application shall be accompanied by a fee based upon
the size and length of the proposed project, up to $450,000.

Such expenses shall include costs associated with expert witnesses,
consultants, administrative and legal fees. The fund is established in
the joint custody of the state comptroller and the commissioner of
taxation and finance an account to be known as the intervenor account.
Such account shall consist of all revenues received from siting
application fees for electric major utility transmission facilities
pursuant to section one hundred twenty-two of the public service law.
Moneys of the account, following appropriation by the legislature, may
be expended in accordance with the provisions of section one hundred
twenty two of the public service law. Moneys shall be paid out of the
account on the audit and warrant of the state comptroller on vouchers
certified or approved by the chair of the public service commission.

JUSTIFICATION :
Due to the deregulation of the electric industry, critical reforms to
the Article VII process are necessary. Merchant electric transmission
developers are taking advantage of the restructured market-place. This
bill would provide host communities with the resources necessary to
make their voices heard in a complex process. These reforms will
improve the process for host communities and municipalities, many of
which are strapped for cash and are currently unable to hire the
experts necessary to intervene effectively.

Currently, communities that want to affect the siting process in their
area have to raise the money themselves to have a strong voice in the
regulatory process. Today, the communities that intervene in the
process that sites power plants have had access to this kind of
resource. This bill would level the playing field so that all
communities have a voice in energy policy decisions that could impact
their lives.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :

2008: A.9348-A - Passed Assembly; died in Senate Rules Committee
2007: A.9348 - Referred to Assembly Energy Committee
2006: A.12091- Referred to Assembly Energy Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None to State.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect immediately; provided that nothing in this
act shall be construed to limit any administrative authority, with
respect to matters included in this act, which existed prior to the
effective date of this act.
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