assembly Bill A9572

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Creates the state office of the utility consumer advocate

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Jan 24, 2020 referred to consumer affairs and protection

A9572 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S8946
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 1-A §§28-a - 28-d, Pub Serv L
Versions Introduced in 2021-2022 Legislative Session:
A3184, S4884

A9572 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Creates the state office of the utility consumer advocate to represent interests of residential utility customers.

A9572 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   9572
 
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
 
                             January 24, 2020
                                ___________
 
 Introduced by M. of A. DINOWITZ -- read once and referred to the Commit-
   tee on Consumer Affairs and Protection
 
 AN  ACT  to  amend  the  public service law, in relation to creating the
   state office of the utility consumer advocate
 
   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 article
 1-A to read as follows:
                                ARTICLE 1-A
             THE STATE OFFICE OF THE UTILITY CONSUMER ADVOCATE
 SECTION 28-A. DEFINITIONS.
         28-B. ESTABLISHMENT OF THE STATE OFFICE OF THE UTILITY  CONSUMER
                 ADVOCATE.
         28-C. POWERS  OF  THE STATE OFFICE OF THE UTILITY CONSUMER ADVO-
                 CATE.
         28-D. REPORTS.
   § 28-A. DEFINITIONS. WHEN USED IN  THIS  ARTICLE:    (A)  "DEPARTMENT"
 MEANS THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SERVICE.
   (B) "COMMISSION" MEANS THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION.
   (C)  "RESIDENTIAL  UTILITY  CUSTOMER"  MEANS ANY PERSON WHO IS SOLD OR
 OFFERED FOR SALE RESIDENTIAL UTILITY SERVICE BY A UTILITY COMPANY.
   (D) "UTILITY COMPANY" MEANS ANY PERSON OR ENTITY OPERATING  AN  AGENCY
 FOR  PUBLIC  SERVICE,  INCLUDING,  BUT  NOT LIMITED TO, THOSE PERSONS OR
 ENTITIES  SUBJECT  TO  THE  JURISDICTION,  SUPERVISION  AND  REGULATIONS
 PRESCRIBED BY OR PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS CHAPTER.
   §  28-B.  ESTABLISHMENT  OF  THE  STATE OFFICE OF THE UTILITY CONSUMER
 ADVOCATE. THERE IS ESTABLISHED THE STATE OFFICE OF THE UTILITY  CONSUMER
 ADVOCATE  TO  REPRESENT  THE INTERESTS OF RESIDENTIAL UTILITY CUSTOMERS.
 THE UTILITY CONSUMER ADVOCATE SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE  GOVERNOR  TO  A
 TERM OF SIX YEARS, UPON THE ADVICE AND CONSENT OF THE SENATE. THE UTILI-
 TY  CONSUMER  ADVOCATE SHALL POSSESS KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE IN MATTERS
 AFFECTING RESIDENTIAL UTILITY CUSTOMERS AND SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE
 DIRECTION, CONTROL, AND OPERATION OF THE STATE  OFFICE  OF  THE  UTILITY
 CONSUMER  ADVOCATE,  INCLUDING  ITS  HIRING  OF  STAFF  AND RETENTION OF
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets