|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 08, 2014||referred to consumer protection|
|Jan 09, 2013||referred to consumer protection|
senate Bill S430
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S430 - Details
S430 - Summary
Prohibits cell phone service providers from requiring a customer to renew his or her service plan when adding a new phone line to such plan; and prohibits such provider from extending the time of services originally agreed to under contract.
S430 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S430 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general business law, in relation to protecting the rights of cell phone users PURPOSE: Eliminates charges for the cancellation of an additional phone line and allows for the addition of a new phone line without renewing the original contract. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill adds a new Section 390-d to the General Business Law, which provides that cell phone service providers cannot cause a user to extend their existing contract simply because they have added an additional line to their current plan. This section also prohibits cell phone providers from charging a user for canceling a phone line from their account, as long as the primary line is kept active. EXISTING LAW: None. JUSTIFICATION: Cell phones have become almost as common as household phones. Most couples and families purchase contracts and add additional lines for
S430 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 430 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sen. DILAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Consumer Protection AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to protecting the rights of cell phone users THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The general business law is amended by adding a new section 390-d to read as follows: S 390-D. CELL PHONE USERS' RIGHTS TO NOT RENEW. 1. ANY PERSON, FIRM, CORPORATION, OR OTHER ENTITY THAT HAS ENTERED INTO A CONTRACT WITH A CUSTOMER TO PROVIDE SUCH CUSTOMER WITH CELLULAR PHONE SERVICES FOR A FEE, SHALL NOT TREAT THE CUSTOMER'S ADDITION OF A NEW PHONE LINE TO THE EXISTING SERVICE PLAN AS THE RENEWAL OF SUCH PLAN, AND SHALL NOT EXTEND THE LENGTH OF TIME OF SERVICES ORIGINALLY AGREED TO UNDER CONTRACT. 2. ANY SUCH PERSON, FIRM, CORPORATION, OR OTHER ENTITY SHALL NOT IMPOSE ON THE CUSTOMER ANY SERVICE CHARGE, ADDITIONAL FEE OR ANY OTHER ADDITIONAL COST FOR THE CANCELLATION OF ANY PHONE LINE INCLUDED IN THE CUSTOMER'S SERVICE PLAN OTHER THAN THE PRIMARY PHONE LINE OF SUCH PLAN. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00571-01-3
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