|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jun 17, 2016||committed to rules|
|Jun 01, 2016||advanced to third reading|
|May 25, 2016||2nd report cal.|
|May 24, 2016||1st report cal.1067|
|Jan 06, 2016||referred to energy and telecommunications|
|Jun 25, 2015||committed to rules|
|Jun 09, 2015||advanced to third reading|
|Jun 08, 2015||2nd report cal.|
|Jun 03, 2015||1st report cal.1334|
|Jan 09, 2015||referred to energy and telecommunications|
senate Bill S1258
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Rules Committee
- In Committee
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- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S1258 (ACTIVE) - Details
S1258 (ACTIVE) - Summary
Makes provisions regarding the payment of utility bills to authorized payment agencies providing that such payment shall be deemed to be a payment to the utility on the date of payment to the agent, requiring written contracts between a utility and its payment agent and review of such contracts by the public service commission.
S1258 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S1258 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to protecting residential utility customers who make bill payments to authorized payment agents, to provide for written contracts between electric corporations and payment agents, and to provide for public service commission review of the credit-worthiness of payment agents in certain cases PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would protect consumers that pay their utility bills to an authorized payment agent. Under present law, if certain kinds of payment agents fail to remit utility payments promptly, consumers could be forced to pay the same bills twice or suffer disconnection, late penalties or other charges. This bill would not only prevent these results, but also avoid utility rate increases due to credit losses occurring when payment agents fail to remit payments to the utility. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill would provide that payment of utility charges to an authorized payment agent would be the same as payment to the utility.
S1258 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 1258 2015-2016 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E January 9, 2015 ___________ Introduced by Sen. MARTINS -- 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 protecting resi- dential utility customers who make bill payments to authorized payment agents, to provide for written contracts between electric corporations and payment agents, and to provide for public service commission review of the credit-worthiness of payment agents in certain cases THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 45 of the public service law, as added by chapter 713 of the laws of 1981, is amended to read as follows: S 45. Payment agencies. 1. A utility corporation or municipality may permit its customers to pay their bills to [a] AN AUTHORIZED payment agent. The date of payment to any such AUTHORIZED PAYMENT agent shall be regarded as the date of payment to the utility or municipality, AND THE PAYMENT SHALL BE REGARDED AS IF IT WERE PAID DIRECTLY TO THE UTILITY OR MUNICIPALITY ON SUCH DATE. WHERE A CUSTOMER OF SUCH UTILITY OR MUNICI- PALITY HAS PAID A BILL TO AN AUTHORIZED PAYMENT AGENT ON OR BEFORE A DESIGNATED DUE DATE, NO PENALTY OR EXTRA CHARGE SHALL ACCRUE ON SUCH BILL FOR THE REASON THAT THE PAYMENT DID NOT REACH THE CORPORATION OR MUNICIPALITY ON OR BEFORE THE DESIGNATED DUE DATE. 2. NO PARTY SHALL ACT AS PAYMENT OR COLLECTION AGENT WITH RESPECT TO MORE THAN TWENTY RESIDENTIAL UNITS FOR THE PURPOSE OF COLLECTING AND REMITTING TO SUCH ELECTRIC CORPORATION ANY CHARGES FOR ELECTRIC SERVICE TO SUCH RESIDENTIAL UNITS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DISTRIBUTION SERVICE, UNLESS SUCH PARTY HAS A WRITTEN CONTRACT WITH SUCH ELECTRIC CORPORATION IN COMPLIANCE WITH SUBDIVISION THREE OF THIS SECTION. NOTH- ING IN THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO PREVENT ANY PERSON FROM APPOINTING ANY FAMILY MEMBER, OTHER VOLUNTEER CAREGIVER, OR PERSONAL EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD05239-01-5
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