assembly Bill A8662

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to requiring cable television companies and telephone corporations to provide local news programming

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Jan 08, 2020 referred to corporations, authorities and commissions
Oct 21, 2019 referred to corporations, authorities and commissions

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A8662 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S6784
Current Committee:
Assembly Corporations, Authorities And Commissions
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§215 & 224, Pub Serv L

A8662 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires cable television companies and telephone corporations to provide local news channels to customers in the basic service tier offered by such companies.

A8662 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  8662

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            October 21, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. ABINANTI -- read once and referred to the Commit-
  tee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions

AN  ACT  to amend the public service law, in relation to requiring cable
  television companies and telephone corporations to provide local  news
  programming

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

  Section 1. Legislative findings. The legislature hereby finds that  it
is  vital  to  the  public  health, safety and welfare that residents be
informed about news and weather events and their impacts on their  local
communities; and that to further this important government purpose every
cable  television  company  and  telephone  corporation  providing cable
service to customers in New York shall make available to every subscrib-
er a source of local information affecting  their  community;  and  that
this  purpose is best served by a content neutral requirement that every
cable television company or provider of  cable  service  shall  carry  a
local news channel pursuant to this act.
  § 2. Subdivision 13 of section 215 of the public service law, as added
by  chapter  83 of the laws of 1995, is amended and a new subdivision 14
is added to read as follows:
  13. Encourage and cooperate with other  state  agencies  that  collect
information from cable television companies serving fewer than one thou-
sand subscribers to eliminate duplicative reporting requirements[.];
  14. WITHIN SIXTY DAYS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE CHAPTER OF THE LAWS
OF  TWO  THOUSAND  NINETEEN  THAT  ADDED THIS SUBDIVISION, TO THE EXTENT
PERMITTED BY, AND NOT CONTRARY TO APPLICABLE FEDERAL LAW AND  RULES  AND
REGULATIONS,  ISSUE  SUCH RULES AND REGULATIONS IT DEEMS APPROPRIATE, IF
ANY, TO EFFECTUATE THE PURPOSE OF THE CHAPTER OF THE LAWS OF  TWO  THOU-
SAND NINETEEN THAT ADDED THIS SUBDIVISION, INCLUDING THE HOURS AND DURA-
TION  OF  SUCH  PROGRAMMING  BASED  ON  THE SIZE OF THE CABLE TELEVISION
COMPANY OR TELEPHONE CORPORATION AND ITS AFFILIATES,  THE  SIZE  OF  ITS

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