senate Bill S1947

2013-2014 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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S1947 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add §116-a, amd §66, Pub Serv L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S5520
2009-2010: S3470

S1947 - 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:S1947

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

PURPOSE: Requires public utility companies to charge volunteer ambu-
lance 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 poli-
cy, 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 ambu-
lance 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 util-
ity rates.

This legislation will require public utility companies to charge volun-
teer fire companies and volunteer ambulance corps the same rates, charg-
es, 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.5520 of 2012- Referred to Energy and Telecommu-
nications S.5520 of 2011- Referred to Energy and Telecommunications
S.3470 of 2010- Referred to Energy and Telecommunications S.5059 of
2006- Passed Senate S.3032 of 2006- Referred to Energy and Telecommuni-
cations

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1947

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

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

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.
                                                           LBD06535-01-3

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