senate Bill S3579

Signed By Governor
2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to the definition of rural areas

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  • Delivered to Governor
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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Sep 23, 2011 signed chap.555
Sep 12, 2011 delivered to governor
Jun 14, 2011 returned to senate
passed assembly
Jun 13, 2011 ordered to third reading rules cal.119
substituted for a6280
Jun 01, 2011 referred to energy
delivered to assembly
passed senate
May 02, 2011 advanced to third reading
Apr 13, 2011 2nd report cal.
Apr 12, 2011 1st report cal.383
Feb 25, 2011 referred to energy and telecommunications

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Apr 12, 2011 - Energy and Telecommunications committee Vote

S3579
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Energy and Telecommunications Committee Vote: Apr 12, 2011

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S3579 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6280
Law Section:
Rural Electric Cooperative Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง2, Rur Elec Coop L

S3579 - Bill Texts

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Relates to the definition of rural areas to mean any area of the state not included within the boundaries of any city or village having a population in excess of 20,000 inhabitants.

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BILL NUMBER:S3579

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the rural electric cooperative law, in relation to the
definition of rural areas

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
The intent of this bill is to modify a limitation on the size of a
city or village that may be served by a rural electric cooperative so
that it conforms to the United States Department of Agriculture
definition of rural.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
This bill amends subdivision (c) of section 2 of the rural electric
cooperative law, in relation to a rural electric cooperative's
ability to serve certain customers within cities and villages with a
population of 20,000 or less.

JUSTIFICATION:
New York's Rural Electric Cooperative Law definition of "rural areas"
(only within the boundaries of any city or village having a
population in excess of one thousand inhabitants) is inconsistent with
the federally recognized definition as it applies to rural electric
cooperatives and could restrict a rural electric cooperative from
serving customers within certain rural cities and villages.

New York rural electric cooperatives have a long tradition of
providing low-cost, reliable service to their membership.
Despite their low "customer density" (averaging 6 members per mile of
distribution line), cooperatives outperform traditional
investor-owned utilities on rates and reliability of service, quickly
restoring power during emergency outage conditions.

As consumer owned utilities with attractive rates, rural electric
cooperatives are in a prime position to take an active role in
economic development efforts often working closely with county and
local officials to attract retail, commercial and industrial
businesses to rural Upstate New York. The cooperatives also promote
energy conservation, demand side management, and renewable energy
development efforts in their communities.

Therefore, considering the potential benefits to ratepayers in certain
rural areas of the state, there appears to be no reason to restrict
rural electric cooperatives in New York to serving customers only
within the boundaries of any city or village having a population in
excess of one thousand inhabitants.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3579

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 25, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  BONACIC,  RANZENHOFER,  SEWARD  -- read twice and
  ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on
  Energy and Telecommunications

AN  ACT  to amend the rural electric cooperative law, in relation to the
  definition of rural areas

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

  Section  1. Subdivision (c) of section 2 of the rural electric cooper-
ative law is amended to read as follows:
  (c) "Rural areas" means any area of the state not included within  the
boundaries of any city or village having a population in excess of [one]
TWENTY thousand inhabitants.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.







 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09460-01-1

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