senate Bill S6138A

Signed By Governor
2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to permitted changes in rate schedules for telephone companies

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Dec 17, 2014 signed chap.517
Dec 05, 2014 delivered to governor
Jun 18, 2014 returned to senate
passed assembly
ordered to third reading rules cal.395
substituted for a8578a
Jun 09, 2014 referred to ways and means
returned to assembly
repassed senate
Jun 02, 2014 amended on third reading 6138a
vote reconsidered - restored to third reading
May 30, 2014 returned to senate
recalled from assembly
Mar 24, 2014 referred to corporations, authorities and commissions
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Mar 04, 2014 advanced to third reading
Mar 03, 2014 2nd report cal.
Feb 27, 2014 1st report cal.186
Jan 08, 2014 referred to energy and telecommunications

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Feb 27, 2014 - Energy and Telecommunications committee Vote

S6138
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committee
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Nay
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Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
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Excused
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Abstained
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Committee Vote: Feb 27, 2014

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Bill Amendments

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S6138 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8578A
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §92, Pub Serv L

S6138 - Bill Texts

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Relates to permitted changes in rate schedules for telephone companies; provides that a "major change" shall mean an increase in rates, charges and rentals which would increase the aggregate revenues of the applicant more than the greater of five hundred thousand dollars or two and one-half percent.

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BILL NUMBER:S6138

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to
changes in rate schedules for telephone companies

PURPOSE: To update requirements for proceedings before the Public
Service Commission required for small businesses providing telephone
service in New York State.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1: increases the amount that a small
telephone company can adjust its rates from $300,000 to $600,000 while
maintaining their exemption from a formal proceeding before the
Commission.

Section 2: Sets forth the effective date

JUSTIFICATION: Small telephone providers struggle to provide service
to customers across upstate New York, because of increasing costs and
regulatory burdens. One such burden, involves the need for a full
proceeding process before the Public Service Commission for even
modest adjustments in rates. Such hearing can cost tens of thousands
of dollars, which would otherwise be used to limit the need for a rate
adjustment or be invested back into the company to enhance services.
Small Telephone companies provide critical links to technology and
information to customers in some of the most rural parts of our state,
and ensure that those customers are never left without a means of
communications in an emergency. These companies are also a source of
good paying jobs in parts of the state that desperately need economic
development. In 1998, the Legislature acted to increase the exemption
from a Commission proceeding from $150,000 to $300,000. Fifteen years
later, another adjustment is needed to continue to provide the same
level of benefit to these small businesses, who are struggling, by
keeping up with the rate of inflation and cost of doing business.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately

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

                                  6138

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 8, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. MAZIARZ -- 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 changes in rate
  schedules for telephone companies

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

  Section  1. Paragraph (c) of subdivision 2 of section 92 of the public
service law, as amended by chapter 162 of the laws of 1998,  is  amended
to read as follows:
  (c) For the purpose of this subdivision, "major changes" shall mean an
increase  in  rates, charges and rentals which would increase the aggre-
gate revenues of the applicant more than  the  greater  of  [three]  SIX
hundred  thousand  dollars  or  two  and one-half percent, but shall not
include changes in rates, charges or rentals allowed to go  into  effect
by  the  commission  or  made by the utility pursuant to an order of the
commission after hearings held upon notice to the public.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.






 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13142-01-3

S6138A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8578A
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §92, Pub Serv L

S6138A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Relates to permitted changes in rate schedules for telephone companies; provides that a "major change" shall mean an increase in rates, charges and rentals which would increase the aggregate revenues of the applicant more than the greater of five hundred thousand dollars or two and one-half percent.

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BILL NUMBER:S6138A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to
changes in rate schedules for telephone companies

PURPOSE:

To update requirements for proceedings before the Public Service
Commission required for small businesses providing telephone service
in New York State.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1: increases the amount that a small telephone company can
adjust its rates from $300,000 to $500,000 while maintaining their
exemption from a formal proceeding before the Public service
commission (PSC). Further the section reiterates the Authority of the
Commission that already exists in statute to hold a hearing on such
rate case if the PSC should deem it necessary.

Section 2: Sets forth the effective date

JUSTIFICATION:

Small telephone providers struggle to provide service to customers
across upstate New York, because of increasing costs and regulatory
burdens. One such burden, involves the need for a full proceeding
process before the Public Service Commission for even modest
adjustments in rates. Such hearing can cost tens of thousands of
dollars, which would otherwise be used to limit the need for a rate
adjustment or be invested back into the company to enhance services.
Small Telephone companies provide critical links to technology and
information to customers in some of the most rural parts of our state,
and ensure that those customers are never left without a means of
communications in an emergency. These companies are also a source of
good paying jobs in parts of the state that desperately need economic
development. In 1998, the Legislature acted to increase the exemption
from a Commission proceeding from $150,000 to $300,000. Fifteen years
later, another adjustment is needed to continue to provide the same
level of benefit to these small businesses, who are struggling, by
keeping up with the rate of inflation and cost of doing business.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                 6138--A
    Cal. No. 186

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 8, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-
  cations  --  reported  favorably from said committee, ordered to first
  and second report, ordered to a third reading, passed  by  Senate  and
  delivered  to  the  Assembly, recalled, vote reconsidered, restored to
  third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its  place  in
  the order of third reading

AN  ACT  to amend the public service law, in relation to changes in rate
  schedules for telephone companies

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

  Section  1. Paragraph (c) of subdivision 2 of section 92 of the public
service law, as amended by chapter 162 of the laws of 1998,  is  amended
to read as follows:
  (c) For the purpose of this subdivision, "major changes" shall mean an
increase  in  rates, charges and rentals which would increase the aggre-
gate revenues of the applicant more than the  greater  of  [three]  FIVE
hundred  thousand  dollars  or  two  and one-half percent, but shall not
include changes in rates, charges or rentals allowed to go  into  effect
by  the  commission  or  made by the utility pursuant to an order of the
commission after hearings held  upon  notice  to  the  public.    IF  AN
INCREASE  IN  RATES,  CHARGES  AND  RENTALS WOULD INCREASE THE AGGREGATE
REVENUES OF THE APPLICANT BY LESS THAN FIVE  HUNDRED  THOUSAND  DOLLARS,
THE  COMMISSION  MAY  HOLD  A  HEARING PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH (E) OF THIS
SUBDIVISION AND/OR PROVIDE A STATEMENT PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION  FOUR  OF
THIS SECTION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13142-03-4

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