senate Bill S6784

2019-2020 Legislative Session

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

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Energy And Telecommunications Committee


  • Introduced
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    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2020 referred to energy and telecommunications
Oct 18, 2019 referred to rules

S6784 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8662
Current Committee:
Senate Energy And Telecommunications
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§215 & 224, Pub Serv L

S6784 (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.

S6784 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S6784 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  6784

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            October 18, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  THOMAS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

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.

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