senate Bill S4550B

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Creates the state office of the utility consumer advocate

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Apr 11, 2014 print number 4550b
amend (t) and recommit to finance
Feb 14, 2014 print number 4550a
amend and recommit to finance
Jan 08, 2014 referred to finance
Apr 10, 2013 referred to finance

Bill Amendments

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B (Active)
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B (Active)

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S4550 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6239B
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 1-A §§28-a - 28-d, Pub Serv L

S4550 - Summary

Creates the state office of the utility consumer advocate to represent interests of residential utility customers.

S4550 - Sponsor Memo

S4550 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  4550

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 10, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance

AN ACT to amend the  executive  law  and  the  public  service  law,  in
  relation to creating the state office of the utility consumer advocate

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section  94-a  of  the  executive  law  is
amended by adding a new paragraph (d) to read as follows:
  (D)  THE  SECRETARY,  UPON  ADVICE  OF THE STATE OFFICE OF THE UTILITY
CONSUMER ADVOCATE, SHALL PROVIDE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SERVICE  AN
ESTIMATE  PRIOR  TO THE START OF EACH FISCAL YEAR OF THE TOTAL COSTS AND
EXPENSES, EXCEPT ANY FUNDS APPROPRIATED  FOR  THE  UTILITY  INTERVENTION
UNIT, INCLUDING THE COMPENSATION AND EXPENSES OF THE STATE OFFICE OF THE
UTILITY  CONSUMER  ADVOCATE,  ITS  OFFICERS,  AGENTS  AND EMPLOYEES, AND
INCLUDING THE COST OF RETIREMENT CONTRIBUTIONS, SOCIAL SECURITY,  HEALTH
AND  DENTAL INSURANCE, SURVIVOR'S BENEFITS, WORKERS' COMPENSATION, UNEM-
PLOYMENT INSURANCE AND OTHER FRINGE BENEFITS REQUIRED TO BE PAID BY  THE
STATE  FOR  THE  PERSONNEL  OF  THE STATE OFFICE OF THE UTILITY CONSUMER
ADVOCATE, AND INCLUDING ALL OTHER ITEMS  OF  MAINTENANCE  AND  OPERATION
EXPENSES, AND ALL OTHER DIRECT AND INDIRECT COSTS.
  S  2.  Paragraph (a) of subdivision 4 of section 94-a of the executive
law, as added by section 21 of part A of chapter 62 of the laws of 2011,
is amended to read as follows:
  (a) There is established within the division a  state  utility  inter-
vention  unit  AND  THE STATE OFFICE OF THE UTILITY CONSUMER ADVOCATE TO
REPRESENT THE INTERESTS OF RESIDENTIAL UTILITY  CUSTOMERS.  THE  UTILITY
CONSUMER  ADVOCATE,  WHO  SHALL  HEAD  THE  STATE  OFFICE OF THE UTILITY
CONSUMER ADVOCATE, SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR TO A TERM  OF  SIX
YEARS,  SUBJECT  TO  SENATE  CONFIRMATION. THE UTILITY CONSUMER ADVOCATE
SHALL POSSESS KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE IN MATTERS AFFECTING  RESIDENTIAL
UTILITY  CUSTOMERS, SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DIRECTION, CONTROL, AND

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09713-02-3

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S4550A - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6239B
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 1-A §§28-a - 28-d, Pub Serv L

S4550A - Summary

Creates the state office of the utility consumer advocate to represent interests of residential utility customers.

S4550A - Sponsor Memo

S4550A - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 4550--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 10, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  SAVINO,  ADDABBO,  AVELLA,  CARLUCCI,  ESPAILLAT,
  GRISANTI, HANNON, HASSELL-THOMPSON, HOYLMAN, KENNEDY, KLEIN,  KRUEGER,
  LATIMER,  MONTGOMERY,  PARKER,  SAMPSON, SQUADRON, TKACZYK, VALESKY --
  read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to
  the Committee on Finance -- recommitted to the Committee on Finance in
  accordance  with  Senate  Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill
  amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said  commit-
  tee

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  executive  law  and  the public service law, in
  relation to creating the state office of the utility consumer advocate

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

  Section  1.  Subdivision  2  of  section  94-a of the executive law is
amended by adding a new paragraph (d) to read as follows:
  (D) THE SECRETARY, UPON ADVICE OF THE  STATE  OFFICE  OF  THE  UTILITY
CONSUMER  ADVOCATE, SHALL PROVIDE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SERVICE AN
ESTIMATE PRIOR TO THE START OF EACH FISCAL YEAR OF THE TOTAL  COSTS  AND
EXPENSES,  EXCEPT  ANY  FUNDS  APPROPRIATED FOR THE UTILITY INTERVENTION
UNIT, INCLUDING THE COMPENSATION AND EXPENSES OF THE STATE OFFICE OF THE
UTILITY CONSUMER ADVOCATE,  ITS  OFFICERS,  AGENTS  AND  EMPLOYEES,  AND
INCLUDING  THE COST OF RETIREMENT CONTRIBUTIONS, SOCIAL SECURITY, HEALTH
AND DENTAL INSURANCE, SURVIVOR'S BENEFITS, WORKERS' COMPENSATION,  UNEM-
PLOYMENT  INSURANCE AND OTHER FRINGE BENEFITS REQUIRED TO BE PAID BY THE
STATE FOR THE PERSONNEL OF THE STATE  OFFICE  OF  THE  UTILITY  CONSUMER
ADVOCATE,  AND  INCLUDING  ALL  OTHER ITEMS OF MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION
EXPENSES, AND ALL OTHER DIRECT AND INDIRECT COSTS.
  S 2. Paragraph (a) of subdivision 4 of section 94-a of  the  executive
law, as added by section 21 of part A of chapter 62 of the laws of 2011,
is amended to read as follows:
  (a)  There  is  established within the division a state utility inter-
vention unit AND THE STATE OFFICE OF THE UTILITY  CONSUMER  ADVOCATE  TO

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09713-06-4

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S4550B (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6239B
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 1-A §§28-a - 28-d, Pub Serv L

S4550B (ACTIVE) - Summary

Creates the state office of the utility consumer advocate to represent interests of residential utility customers.

S4550B (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S4550B (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 4550--B

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 10, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  SAVINO,  ADDABBO,  AVELLA,  CARLUCCI,  ESPAILLAT,
  GIPSON, GRISANTI, HANNON, HASSELL-THOMPSON, HOYLMAN,  KENNEDY,  KLEIN,
  KRUEGER,  LATIMER,  MONTGOMERY,  PARKER,  SAMPSON,  SQUADRON, TKACZYK,
  VALESKY -- read twice and ordered printed,  and  when  printed  to  be
  committed  to the Committee on Finance -- recommitted to the Committee
  on Finance in accordance with Senate  Rule  6,  sec.  8  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to  said  committee  --  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the public service law,  in  relation  to  creating  the
  state office of the utility consumer advocate

  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  article
1-A to read as follows:
                               ARTICLE 1-A
            THE STATE OFFICE OF THE UTILITY CONSUMER ADVOCATE
SECTION 28-A. DEFINITIONS.
        28-B. ESTABLISHMENT  OF THE STATE OFFICE OF THE UTILITY CONSUMER
                ADVOCATE.
        28-C. POWERS OF THE STATE OFFICE OF THE UTILITY  CONSUMER  ADVO-
                CATE.
        28-D. REPORTS.
  S  28-A.  DEFINITIONS.  WHEN  USED IN THIS ARTICLE:   (A) "DEPARTMENT"
MEANS THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SERVICE.
  (B) "COMMISSION" MEANS THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION.
  (C) "RESIDENTIAL UTILITY CUSTOMER" MEANS ANY PERSON  WHO  IS  SOLD  OR
OFFERED FOR SALE RESIDENTIAL UTILITY SERVICE BY A UTILITY COMPANY.
  (D)  "UTILITY  COMPANY" MEANS ANY PERSON OR ENTITY OPERATING AN AGENCY
FOR PUBLIC SERVICE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT  LIMITED  TO,  THOSE  PERSONS  OR

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09713-08-4

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