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|Jan 08, 2014||referred to energy and telecommunications|
|Jan 09, 2013||referred to energy and telecommunications|
senate Bill S576
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S576 - Details
S576 - Summary
Establishes a public service commission nominating board to make recommendations of persons qualified for appointment as commissioners of the public service commission.
S576 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S576 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to the appointment of members of the public service commission PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: In its January 2007 report, the Assembly Queens Power Outage Task Force recommended several measures to improve oversight of utilities and prevent future blackouts. This bill borrows from the experience of several other states to set clearly defined statutory qualifications for prospective members of the Public Service Commission (PSC), and sets forth a deliberative Process for ensuring that any new appointees are widely acknowledged as highly qualified. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Bill § 1 amends § 4 of the Public Service Law by adding a new subdivision 4, providing that, to ensure the highest standard of public utility regulation, any person appointed as a member of the Public Service Commission (PSC) shall be qualified for such appointment as provided in § 4-a of such law. Bill 52 adds 54-a, which in summary provides: * any person appointed as a PSC commissioner shall (a) have education and training and 3 or more
S576 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 576 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sen. GIANARIS -- 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 the appointment of members of the public service commission THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 4 of the public service law is amended by adding a new subdivision 4 to read as follows: 4. TO ENSURE THE HIGHEST STANDARD OF PUBLIC UTILITY REGULATION, ANY PERSON APPOINTED AS A COMMISSIONER PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE QUALIFIED FOR SUCH APPOINTMENT AS PROVIDED IN SECTION FOUR-A OF THIS ARTICLE. S 2. The public service law is amended by adding a new section 4-a to read as follows: S 4-A. PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION NOMINATING BOARD. 1. ANY PERSON APPOINTED AS A COMMISSIONER PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION FOUR OF THIS ARTICLE SHALL (A) HAVE EDUCATION AND TRAINING, AND THREE OR MORE YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING FIELDS: ECONOMICS, ENGINEERING, LAW, ACCOUNTING, BUSINESS MANAGEMENT, UTILITY REGULATION, PUBLIC POLICY, CONSUMER ADVOCACY OR ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT; AND (B) SHALL BE SELECTED FROM A LIST OF INDIVIDUALS NOMINATED AS PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION. 2. (A) THERE SHALL BE ESTABLISHED IN THE DEPARTMENT A PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION NOMINATING BOARD CONSISTING OF THE FOLLOWING: (1) A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE UTILITY INTERVENTION UNIT OF THE CONSUMER PROTECTION DIVISION APPOINTED BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE; (2) THE PRESIDENT OF THE NEW YORK STATE ENERGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOP- MENT AUTHORITY, OR HIS OR HER DESIGNEE; (3) THE COMMISSIONER OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, OR HIS OR HER DESIGNEE; EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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