senate Bill S8523

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Requires utility companies to reimburse consumers in the event of a prolonged power outage

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May 09, 2018 referred to energy and telecommunications

S8523 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Energy And Telecommunications
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add §77-a, Pub Serv L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2019-2020: S8879
2021-2022: S3784

S8523 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires utility companies to reimburse consumers for spoilage of food and medication due to the lack of refrigeration in the event of a power outage lasting seventy-two hours or more; imposes a fine of no less than one thousand dollars.

S8523 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S8523 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  8523

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 9, 2018
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. CARLUCCI -- 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 requiring utility
  companies  to  reimburse  consumers  in the event of a prolonged power
  outage

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

  Section  1.  The public service law is amended by adding a new section
77-a to read as follows:
  § 77-A. UTILITY REIMBURSEMENT REQUIREMENTS.  1. IN THE  EVENT  THAT  A
RESIDENTIAL  HOME EXPERIENCES A POWER OUTAGE LASTING SEVENTY-TWO CONSEC-
UTIVE HOURS OR MORE WITHOUT HAVING BEEN RESOLVED BY THE UTILITY COMPANY,
THE UTILITY COMPANY SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FOLLOWING:
  (A) FULL REIMBURSEMENT OF ANY FOOD SPOILED DUE TO  LACK  OF  REFRIGER-
ATION.   CUSTOMERS SHALL PROVIDE THE UTILITY COMPANY AN ITEMIZED LIST OF
ALL FOOD SPOILED OR PROOF  OF  PURCHASE  WITHIN  FOURTEEN  DAYS  OF  THE
OUTAGE. THE UTILITY COMPANY SHALL REIMBURSE THE CUSTOMER WITHIN FOURTEEN
DAYS  OF  THE  RECEIPT  OF  THE  ITEMIZED LIST OR PROOF OF PURCHASE. THE
AMOUNT OF THE REIMBURSEMENT SHALL NOT EXCEED  A  TOTAL  OF  TWO  HUNDRED
TWENTY-FIVE  DOLLARS  FOR  CUSTOMERS  WHO  PROVIDE AN ITEMIZED LIST. THE
AMOUNT OF THE  REIMBURSEMENT  FOR  CUSTOMERS  WHO  PROVIDE  AN  ITEMIZED
RECEIPT MAY RECEIVE THE FULL AMOUNT TO COVER FOOD SPOILED.
  (B)  FULL  REIMBURSEMENT  OF  ANY  MEDICATION  SPOILED  DUE TO LACK OF
REFRIGERATION. CUSTOMERS SHALL PROVIDE THE UTILITY COMPANY  AN  ITEMIZED
LIST  AND  PROOF  OF MEDICATION LOST DUE TO LACK OF REFRIGERATION WITHIN
FOURTEEN DAYS OF THE OUTAGE. PROOF  MAY  INCLUDE  PHARMACY  PRESCRIPTION
LABEL,  PHARMACY RECEIPT OR A LETTER FROM THE PRESCRIBING PHYSICIAN. THE
UTILITY COMPANY SHALL REIMBURSE THE CUSTOMER WITHIN FOURTEEN DAYS OF THE
RECEIPT OF THE ITEMIZED LIST AND PROOF OF MEDICATION LOST.
  (C) FULL REIMBURSEMENT TO LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS FOR ANY  FOOD  SPOILED
DUE  TO  LACK OF REFRIGERATION. BUSINESS OWNERS WILL PROVIDE THE UTILITY
COMPANY WITH AN ITEMIZED LIST FOR ALL FOOD SPOILED OR PROOF OF  PURCHASE
WITHIN  FOURTEEN DAYS OF THE OUTAGE. THE UTILITY COMPANY SHALL REIMBURSE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

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