|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 08, 2014||referred to energy and telecommunications|
|Jan 09, 2013||referred to energy and telecommunications|
senate Bill S1295
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S1295 - Details
S1295 - Summary
Provides that no public utility shall discontinue gas, electric, steam or water service for non-payment of bills to an entire multiple dwelling but shall have all rights otherwise provided by law, including the right to file a lien against the property.
S1295 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S1295 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to prohibiting discontinuance of utility service to multiple dwellings PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA: Prohibits the discontinuance of utility service (gas, electric, steam or water service} to multiple dwellings for non-payment of bills; repealer. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends section 33 of the public service law as added by chapter 713 of the laws of 1981, paragraphs (c) and (d) of subdivision 1 as amended by chapter 195 of the laws of 2010 JUSTIFICATION: Under current law, if a landlord fails to pay the utility bill for a multiple dwelling the tenants can pay the bill and deduct the payment from their rent. This places an unfair burden on tenants to act or face loss of utility service. This legislation will allow utility companies to recover the unpaid moneys through any lawful means other than disconnection of services. PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This bill has been introduced in previous legislation sessions. FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None. EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
S1295 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 1295 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sen. STAVISKY -- 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 prohibiting discontinuance of utility service to multiple dwellings THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 33 of the public service law, as added by chapter 713 of the laws of 1981, paragraphs (c) and (d) of subdivision 1 as amended by chapter 195 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows: S 33. Discontinuance of residential utility service to multiple dwell- ings. [1. Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, no public utility company or municipality shall discontinue gas, electric or steam service to an entire multiple dwelling (as defined in the multiple dwelling law or the multiple residence law) located anywhere in this state for nonpayment of bills rendered for service unless such utility shall have given fifteen days written notice of its intention so to discontinue as follows: (a) Such notice shall be served personally on the owner of the prem- ises affected, or in lieu thereof, to the person, firm, or corporation to whom or which the last preceding bill has been rendered and from whom or which the utility has received payment therefor, and to the super- intendent or other person in charge of the building or premises affected, if it can be readily ascertained that there is such super- intendent or other person in charge. (b) In lieu of personal delivery to the person or persons, firm or corporation specified in (a) above, such notice may be mailed in a post- paid wrapper to the address of such person or persons, firm or corpo- ration. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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