senate Bill S3729

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Limits certain charging practices by companies that provide prepaid telephone calling cards and increases fines for violations of limitation requirements

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S3729 - Details

Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §92-f, Pub Serv L

S3729 - Summary

Limits certain charging practices by companies that provide prepaid telephone calling cards and increases fines for violations of limitation requirements.

S3729 - Sponsor Memo

S3729 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  3729

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 13, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. SERRANO -- 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 limiting certain
  charging practices by companies that provide prepaid telephone calling
  cards and increasing fines for violations of limitation requirements

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

  Section 1. Section 92-f of the public service law is amended by adding
a new subdivision 4-a to read as follows:
  4-A. NO COMPANY THAT PROVIDES PREPAID CALLING SERVICES THROUGH PREPAID
CALLING CARDS SHALL:
  A. CALCULATE USAGE CHARGES BY ROUNDING UP BEYOND THE NEXT  MINUTE  FOR
TELEPHONE PHONE CALLS;
  B.  CHARGE  MINUTES  FOR  UNCONNECTED TELEPHONE PHONE CALLS, INCLUDING
CALLS THAT ARE DROPPED OR TO WHICH THERE IS NO ANSWER OR A BUSY SIGNAL;
  C. PUBLICIZE OR  DISPLAY  ADVERTISEMENTS  STATING  THAT  THERE  IS  NO
CONNECTION  FEE  ASSOCIATED  WITH  A  PLAN OR CALLING CARD IF THERE IS A
DISCONNECTION FEE ASSOCIATED WITH THE PLAN OR CALLING CARD.
  S 2.  Subdivision 8 of section 92-f of  the  public  service  law,  as
added by chapter 651 of the laws of 1999, is amended to read as follows:
  8.  Enforcement.  The commission shall have the power, consistent with
federal law, to assess a penalty  not  to  exceed  [one]  FIVE  thousand
dollars  against  any  company  that  provides  prepaid calling cards or
services that knowingly fails or neglects to comply with  any  provision
of  this section or any regulation or order of the commission implement-
ing or enforcing the provisions of this section FOR  A  FIRST  VIOLATION
AND  TEN  THOUSAND  DOLLARS  FOR  A  SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT VIOLATION. All
moneys recovered from any administrative penalty shall be paid into  the
state treasury to the credit of the general fund.
  S  3.    This  act  shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day
after it shall have become a law.

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

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