senate Bill S5696A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Directs the public service commission to study and eliminate utility billing messages that are no longer relevant or confusing

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to energy and telecommunications
Jun 11, 2013 print number 5696a
amend and recommit to energy and telecommunications
Jun 05, 2013 referred to energy and telecommunications

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S5696 - Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §5, Pub Serv L

S5696 - Summary

Directs the public service commission to study and eliminate utility billing messages that are no longer relevant or confusing; requires the public service commission to develop recommendations for utility bills that are standardized, uniform and easy to understand.

S5696 - Sponsor Memo

S5696 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  5696

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 5, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LIBOUS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-
  cations

AN  ACT  to  direct the public service commission to study and report on
  streamlining orders and actions associated with bills for  residential
  electric,  gas, telephone and water customers; and to amend the public
  service law, in relation to directing the public service commission to
  develop recommendations for standardized, uniform and easy  to  under-
  stand utility bills

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

  Section 1. (a) The public service commission is directed to study  the
past  orders  and  actions  related  to  matters  which required billing
messages that were developed prior to industry competition and that  may
be  creating confusing bills for residential customers of electric, gas,
telephone and water companies. Specifically, such study shall review the
past commission orders and actions and determine which bill messages are
no longer  relevant  and  should  be  removed  because  the  information
required  to be included in the consumer bills is no longer relevant and
may be largely ignored by most consumers.  In  such  cases,  the  public
service  commission  shall  no  longer  require  this  information to be
included in customer bills, but can make such information available  via
the  utility company's public website in lieu of requiring this informa-
tion in consumer bills. In completing this  study,  the  public  service
commission shall reduce bill messages that are no longer needed.
  (b)  This  study  shall  result in a report, which details all billing
related orders and commission actions that are no longer  necessary  and
can  hinder  companies  from  providing  streamlined consumer bills. The
study and report shall be filed, on or before December  31,  2014,  with
the governor, the director of the division of the budget, the speaker of
the  assembly,  the  temporary president of the senate, the chair of the

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11335-01-3

S5696A (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §5, Pub Serv L

S5696A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Directs the public service commission to study and eliminate utility billing messages that are no longer relevant or confusing; requires the public service commission to develop recommendations for utility bills that are standardized, uniform and easy to understand.

S5696A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S5696A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                 5696--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 5, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LIBOUS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-
  cations  --  committee  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as
  amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to direct the public service commission to study  and  report  on
  streamlining  orders and actions associated with bills for residential
  electric, gas, telephone and water customers; and to amend the  public
  service law, in relation to directing the public service commission to
  develop  recommendations  for standardized, uniform and easy to under-
  stand utility bills

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

  Section  1. (a) The public service commission is directed to study the
past orders and  actions  related  to  matters  which  required  billing
messages  that were developed prior to industry competition and that may
be creating confusing bills for residential customers of electric,  gas,
telephone and water companies. Specifically, such study shall review the
past commission orders and actions and determine which bill messages are
no  longer  relevant  and  should  be  removed  because  the information
required to be included in the consumer bills is no longer relevant  and
may  be  largely  ignored  by  most consumers. In such cases, the public
service commission shall  no  longer  require  this  information  to  be
included  in customer bills, but can make such information available via
the utility company's public website in lieu of requiring this  informa-
tion  in  consumer  bills.  In completing this study, the public service
commission shall reduce bill messages that are no longer needed.
  (b) This study shall result in a report,  which  details  all  billing
related  orders  and commission actions that are no longer necessary and
can hinder companies from  providing  streamlined  consumer  bills.  The
study  and  report  shall be filed, on or before December 31, 2014, with
the governor, the director of the division of the budget, the speaker of

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11335-02-3

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