senate Bill S2356

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Requires companies to allow victims of domestic violence to cancel contracts when there is a domestic violence incident report, a police report, an order of protection or a signed affidavit

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Current Bill Status Via A5318 - Passed Senate & Assembly


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Actions

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
May 14, 2019 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.119
substituted for s2356
May 14, 2019 substituted by a5318
Feb 11, 2019 advanced to third reading
Feb 05, 2019 2nd report cal.
Feb 04, 2019 1st report cal.119
Jan 24, 2019 referred to energy and telecommunications

Votes

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Feb 4, 2019 - Energy and Telecommunications committee Vote

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Energy and Telecommunications Committee Vote: Feb 4, 2019

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S2356 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5318
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §91, Pub Serv L; amd §399-yy, add §399-yyy, Gen Bus L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: S5033, A8018
2015-2016: S526, A274
2017-2018: S2711, A1056

S2356 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires companies to allow victims of domestic violence to cancel contracts when there is a domestic violence incident report, a police report, an order of protection or a signed affidavit.

S2356 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S2356 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  2356

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 24, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- 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 and the general business law, in
  relation to requiring companies to allow victims of domestic  violence
  to cancel contracts when there is a domestic violence incident report,
  a police report, an order of protection, or a signed affidavit

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

  Section 1. Section 91 of the public service law is amended by adding a
new subdivision 8 to read as follows:
  8. EVERY TELEPHONE CORPORATION, AS  DEFINED  IN  THIS  CHAPTER,  SHALL
ALLOW  A  PERSON  WHO IS UNDER CONTRACT INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, A
MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT OR BUNDLE CONTRACT WITH SUCH TELEPHONE  CORPORATION,
TO  OPT-OUT OF SUCH CONTRACT WITHOUT CHARGE WHEN SUCH PERSON IS A VICTIM
OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND REQUESTS TO OPT-OUT IN WRITING. SUCH VICTIM  OF
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHALL PROVIDE TO SUCH TELEPHONE CORPORATION ANY OF THE
FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS, WHICH SHALL RELATE TO SUCH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, WITH-
IN  SIX MONTHS OF THE DOCUMENT'S ISSUANCE: (A) A VALID DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
INCIDENT REPORT FORM, AS SUCH TERM IS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION FIFTEEN  OF
SECTION  EIGHT  HUNDRED  THIRTY-SEVEN  OF THE EXECUTIVE LAW; (B) A VALID
POLICE REPORT; (C) A VALID ORDER OF PROTECTION; (D) A  SIGNED  AFFIDAVIT
FROM  A  LICENSED  MEDICAL OR MENTAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDER, EMPLOYEE OF A
COURT ACTING WITHIN THE SCOPE OF HIS OR HER EMPLOYMENT, SOCIAL WORKER, A
RAPE CRISIS COUNSELOR, AS DEFINED IN SECTION FORTY-FIVE HUNDRED  TEN  OF
THE  CIVIL  PRACTICE  LAW  AND RULES, OR ADVOCATE ACTING ON BEHALF OF AN
AGENCY THAT ASSISTS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS. A CLAIM FOR OPTING-OUT OF
SUCH CONTRACT WITHOUT CHARGE SHALL BE MADE IN GOOD FAITH. SUCH TELEPHONE
CORPORATION SHALL WAIVE THE OTHERWISE APPLICABLE CHARGES FOR SUCH PERSON
REQUESTING TO OPT-OUT OF SUCH CONTRACT.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00798-01-9

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