assembly Bill A1417

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Requires legislative approval of increases in utility charges

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Jan 08, 2020 referred to energy
Jan 15, 2019 referred to energy

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A1417 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S1498
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §66, Pub Serv L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2017-2018: A8666, S6869
2021-2022: A1512, S1536

A1417 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts the "utility ratepayer protection act"; requires legislative approval of increases in utility charges.

A1417 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  1417

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 15, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. SANTABARBARA, D'URSO, JEAN-PIERRE, HUNTER, CRESPO
  -- read once and referred to the Committee on Energy

AN  ACT to amend the public service law, in relation to requiring legis-
  lative approval of increases in utility charges

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

  Section  1.   This act shall be known and may be cited as the "utility
ratepayer protection act".
  § 2.   Subdivision 12 of section 66  of  the  public  service  law  is
amended by adding a new paragraph (b-1) to read as follows:
  (B-1)  NO CHANGE SHALL BE MADE IN ANY RATE OR CHARGE, WHICH SHALL HAVE
BEEN FILED BY A UTILITY IN COMPLIANCE WITH AN ORDER OF  THE  COMMISSION,
WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF BOTH HOUSES OF THE LEGISLATURE BY A MAJORITY VOTE
IN EACH HOUSE. THE UTILITY SHALL SUBMIT A WRITTEN REPORT TO THE LEGISLA-
TURE  AT  LEAST  ONE  HUNDRED  EIGHTY  DAYS  PRIOR  TO THE DATE WHEN ANY
PROPOSED INCREASE IN FEES, RENTALS AND  CHARGES  FOR  THE  PROVISION  OF
SERVICES  BY  THE UTILITY IS SCHEDULED TO TAKE EFFECT. SUCH REPORT SHALL
INCLUDE JUSTIFICATION FOR THE PROPOSED INCREASE, AND INFORMATION SETTING
FORTH THE CURRENT FINANCIAL CONDITION OF THE  UTILITY.  THE  LEGISLATURE
MAY  REQUIRE ANY ADDITIONAL DATA OR INFORMATION THAT IT DEEMS NECESSARY.
IF THE LEGISLATURE, OR THE APPROPRIATE COMMITTEES  THEREOF,  FINDS  THAT
THE  PROPOSED  INCREASES ARE NOT NECESSARY TO PRODUCE SUFFICIENT REVENUE
TO MEET THE EXPENSE OF THE PROVISION OF SERVICES, INCLUDING THE  MAINTE-
NANCE  AND  OPERATION OF INFRASTRUCTURE, THEN NO PROPOSED INCREASE SHALL
TAKE EFFECT UNTIL APPROVED BY A MAJORITY  VOTE  OF  EACH  HOUSE  OF  THE
LEGISLATURE.
  § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06459-01-9