|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 08, 2014||referred to energy and telecommunications|
|Jan 09, 2013||referred to energy and telecommunications|
senate Bill S690
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S690 - Details
S690 - Summary
Directs the public service commission to undertake a study of consumer protections adopted by electric corporations and utilities; includes reporting on the adequacy of the public service commission's assistance to customers facing disconnection of utility service.
S690 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S690 TITLE OF BILL: An act to direct the public service commission to undertake a study of consumer protections adopted by electric corporations and utilities PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To place a temporary moratorium on electric, gas or steam service terminations to residential customers, until the Public Service Commission (PSC) completes a review of existing consumer protection policies. The review will evaluate the current policies' effectiveness in addressing consumer issues and protecting consumer welfare. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The legislation directs the PSC to complete a report on the effectiveness of existing consumer protection policies by November 15th, 2012. The report must include analyses on the following: 1) the effectiveness of current utility procedures for notifying customers in arrears on utility charges of how they may avoid termination of their services. This analysis must include an assessment on the availability of deferred payment agreements;
S690 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 690 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sen. AVELLA -- 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 undertake a study of consumer protections adopted by electric corporations and utilities THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The New York State public service commission shall under- take an immediate study of consumer protections adopted by electric corporations and municipalities ("utilities") pursuant to article 2 of the public service law and provide a report to the governor, the tempo- rary president of the senate, the speaker of the assembly, the chair of the senate committee on energy and telecommunications and the chair of the assembly committee on energy. Such report shall include an analysis of the effectiveness of current utility procedures for notifying custom- ers in arrears on utility charges of how they may avoid termination of electric, gas or steam service, including the availability of deferred payment agreements. In addition, such report shall review the adequacy of the commission's assistance to customers negotiating deferred payment agreements with utilities in lieu of disconnection of service including the number of deferred payment plans by utility service territory; the number of incidences, if any, in which utilities have required more than the lawfully allowed level of down payments or deferred payments from customers seeking to connect service or avoid disconnection; the effec- tiveness and availability of the commission's shutoff hotline in receiv- ing calls from customers facing termination of electric, gas and steam service; the call volume to such hotline in each utility service terri- tory; the monthly number of electric and natural gas customers who previously received utility bill assistance from the Home Energy Assist- ance Program whose service was terminated for bill collection purposes EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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