senate Bill S5520

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Requires public utility companies to charge volunteer ambulance corps and volunteer fire companies the same rates and charges applicable to residential customers

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May 27, 2011 referred to energy and telecommunications

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S5520 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3561
Current Committee:
Senate Energy And Telecommunications
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง116-a, amd ยง66, Pub Serv L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S3470, A4721

S5520 - Bill Texts

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Requires public utility companies to charge volunteer fire companies and volunteer ambulance corps the same rates, charges, etc. applicable to residential customers for the same services; prohibits recovery of revenue lost therefrom, from being recovered from ratepayers.

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BILL NUMBER:S5520

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the public service
law, in relation to charges
or fees on
volunteer ambulance corps
and volunteer fire companies
in certain cases

PURPOSE:
Requires public utility companies to charge volunteer ambulance corps
and volunteer fire departments the same rates and charges applicable
to residential customers.

SUMMARY:
Section 1 amends the Public Service Law by adding a new section 116-a
allowing certain volunteer organizations to be treated as individual
customers. Presently, public utilities have the option of charging
volunteer ambulance corps and volunteer fire companies commercial
rates and often do so.

Section 2 amends section 66 of the Public Service Law by adding a new
subdivision 29. This bill amends the public service law to require
public utility companies to charge these volunteer organizations the
same rates as residential customers.

JUSTIFICATION:
Volunteer ambulance corps and volunteer fire companies provide
essential services to the community. As a matter of public policy,
volunteer ambulance corps and volunteer fire departments should be
granted the lowest fees, rates, and charges.

Currently, public utilities have the option of charging volunteer
ambulance corps and volunteer fire departments commercial rates. In
other sections of the Public Services Law veteran organizations,
religious bodies and community residences are billed a lower
residential rate. It is appropriate that volunteer emergency services
receive residential rates as well.

The increase cost of utility services places an unnecessary burden on
these public servants. In rural counties throughout the state, most
of the emergency services are volunteer and cannot afford to pay high
utility rates.

This legislation will require public utility companies to charge
volunteer fire companies and volunteer ambulance corps the same
rates, charges, etc. applicable to residential customers for
the same services. In addition, it prohibits recovery of revenue lost
there from, from being recovered from ratepayers.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.3470 of 2010 - Referred to Energy and Telecommunications
S.5059 of 2008 - Passed Senate
S.3032 of 2006 - Referred to Energy and Telecommunications


FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
60 days after it becomes law.

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

                                  5520

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 27, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. RITCHIE -- 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 charges or fees
  on volunteer ambulance corps and volunteer fire companies  in  certain
  cases

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

  Section 1. The public service law is amended by adding a  new  section
116-a to read as follows:
  S  116-A.  CERTAIN VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS TO BE TREATED AS INDIVIDUAL
CUSTOMER; CERTAIN CASES.  NO PUBLIC UTILITY COMPANY SHALL CHARGE, IMPOSE
OR COLLECT FROM ANY VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE CORPS OR VOLUNTEER FIRE  COMPANY
ANY  RATE, FEE OR CHARGE NOT OTHERWISE CHARGEABLE TO AN INDIVIDUAL RESI-
DENTIAL CUSTOMER FOR THE SAME OR SIMILAR SERVICE.
  S 2. Section 66 of the public service law is amended by adding  a  new
subdivision 29 to read as follows:
  29.  NO  REVENUE  FORGONE  BY  AN ELECTRIC CORPORATION, AS A RESULT OF
SUBJECTING VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE CORPS AND VOLUNTEER FIRE  COMPANIES  WITH
RATES  OR  CHARGES  APPLICABLE TO DOMESTIC CONSUMERS PURSUANT TO SECTION
ONE HUNDRED SIXTEEN-A OF THIS CHAPTER, SHALL BE RECOVERED FROM CUSTOMERS
OF SUCH CORPORATION.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth  day  after  it  shall
have become a law.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05453-01-1

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