senate Bill S1536

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Provides for the notification of impending emergencies by electric corporations to affected communities

download bill text pdf

Sponsored By

Archive: Last Bill Status - In Committee


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

do you support this bill?

Actions

view actions (2)
Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2014 referred to energy and telecommunications
Jan 09, 2013 referred to energy and telecommunications

Co-Sponsors

S1536 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Senate Energy And Telecommunications
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง54, Pub Serv L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1773
2009-2010: S5057B

S1536 - Bill Texts

view summary

Provides for the notification of impending emergencies by electric corporations to affected communities.

view sponsor memo
BILL NUMBER:S1536

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to
providing for the notification of impending emergencies by electric
corporations

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill provides notification of
impending emergencies by electrical utility corporations to affected
communities.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill would mandate all
electrical utility corporations to notify the chief executive officer
of a municipality or the designated agency head or department head of
a municipality when there is an impending electrical emergency that
may affect the municipality. Each municipality notified of a pending
electrical emergency shall provide appropriate notice and information
to designated media outlets.

The public service commission, with the attorney general, shall
promulgate rules and regulations necessary to enforce the provisions
of section one. The commission shall solicit input from electric
corporations and municipal officials in the process of formulating
such rules and regulations.

Such rules and regulations shall include but not limited to
establishing protocols which address the magnitude and severity of the
impending emergency, as well as protocols for notification of the
public.

This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day.

JUSTIFICATION: During the recent power outage in New York City, Con
Edison failed to notify customers of the impending blackout, which
occurred on July 6, 1999, nor were any efforts made to reach a broad
number of people through the media. This bill, when enacted would
require the utility corporations to do so in the future.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2001/02: A.7085 2003/04: A.5268 2005/06:
A.4104 2007/08: A.4578 Referred to Corporations, Authorities &
Commissions 2009/10: S.5057B Referred to Corporations, Authorities &
Commissions 2011/12: S.1773 Referred to Energy and Telecommunications

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect 180 days after becoming a
law.

view full text
download pdf
                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1536

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

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 providing for the
  notification of impending emergencies by electric corporations

  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
54 to read as follows:
  S  54. NOTIFICATION OF IMPENDING EMERGENCIES. 1. EVERY ELECTRIC CORPO-
RATION SHALL NOTIFY THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF A MUNICIPALITY OR THE
DESIGNATED AGENCY HEAD OR DEPARTMENT HEAD OF A MUNICIPALITY  WHEN  THERE
IS  AN  IMPENDING ELECTRICAL EMERGENCY THAT MAY AFFECT THE MUNICIPALITY.
EACH MUNICIPALITY NOTIFIED  OF  A  PENDING  ELECTRICAL  EMERGENCY  SHALL
PROVIDE  APPROPRIATE NOTICE AND INFORMATION TO DESIGNATED MEDIA OUTLETS,
INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ELECTRONIC, PRINT, INTERNET OR OTHER DESIG-
NATED PUBLIC MEDIA OUTLETS SERVING SUCH AFFECTED MUNICIPALITY.
  2. (A) THE COMMISSION, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, SHALL
PROMULGATE RULES AND REGULATIONS NECESSARY TO ENFORCE THE PROVISIONS  OF
THIS  SECTION.   THE COMMISSION SHALL SOLICIT INPUT FROM ELECTRIC CORPO-
RATIONS AND MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS IN THE PROCESS OF FORMULATING SUCH RULES
AND REGULATIONS.
  (B) SUCH RULES AND REGULATIONS SHALL INCLUDE BUT  NOT  BE  LIMITED  TO
ESTABLISHING  PROTOCOLS  WHICH ADDRESS THE MAGNITUDE AND SEVERITY OF THE
IMPENDING EMERGENCY, AS  WELL  AS  PROTOCOLS  FOR  NOTIFICATION  OF  THE
PUBLIC.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04231-01-3

Comments

Open Legislation comments facilitate discussion of New York State legislation. All comments are subject to moderation. Comments deemed off-topic, commercial, campaign-related, self-promotional; or that contain profanity or hate speech; or that link to sites outside of the nysenate.gov domain are not permitted, and will not be published. Comment moderation is generally performed Monday through Friday.

By contributing or voting you agree to the Terms of Participation and verify you are over 13.