senate Bill S1385

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to requiring utility companies to include a notice of public hearings concerning rate increases

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Jan 04, 2012 referred to energy and telecommunications
Jan 07, 2011 referred to energy and telecommunications

S1385 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4239
Current Committee:
Senate Energy And Telecommunications
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง44, Pub Serv L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S3573A, A4671A

S1385 - Bill Texts

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Requires utility companies to include on their bills notice of any and all public hearings concerning rate hikes.

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BILL NUMBER:S1385

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the public service law, in relation to requiring utility
companies to include a notice of public hearings concerning rate
increases

PURPOSE OF BILL:
This legislation requires utility companies to post notification of
date and place of proposed hearings concerning rate hikes on the
monthly bills.

JUSTIFICATION:
Utility rate hikes over the years have been the subject of tremendous
controversy. Many consumers feel that the present system of
notification is inadequate and that the most common method of
notification occurs after the fact via the media or the actual
increase in the monthly payment. This legislation is intended to
address the issue of inadequate notification by requiring utility
companies to post the date and place of the hearings on the
customer's bill for service. This is a more appropriate method of
notifying consumers so that they may plan to attend the hearing or
submit comments.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
Sponsored by M/A Lafayette 1993-1994 - S.5463
1995-1996 - S.896A
1997-1998 - A.8810
1999-2000 - S.719A, A.894A
2001-02 (A.1292/S.1046)
2003-04 (A.65/S.4541)
2005-06 (A.172/S.1248)
2007-08 (A.60)
2009-10 (S.3573A)

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have
become a law.

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

                                  1385

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             January 7, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. PERKINS -- 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 requiring utility
  companies  to  include  a  notice  of  public hearings concerning rate
  increases

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

  Section 1. Section 44 of the public service law is amended by adding a
new subdivision 6 to read as follows:
  6.  EVERY  UTILITY  CORPORATION  SHALL  INCLUDE ON THEIR BILLS SENT TO
THEIR CUSTOMERS ADVANCE NOTICE OF THE DATE AND  PLACE  OF  ANY  AND  ALL
PUBLIC  HEARINGS,  INCLUDING  BUT  NOT  LIMITED  TO  HEARINGS BEFORE THE
COMMISSION, CONCERNING PROPOSED  INCREASES  IN  RATES  OF  SUCH  UTILITY
CORPORATION  KNOWN TO SUCH UTILITY CORPORATION AT THE TIME OF THE PREPA-
RATION OF SUCH BILLS.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
have become a law.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04162-01-1

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