senate Bill S8113A

Signed By Governor
2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to issuing a moratorium on utility termination of services during periods of pandemics and/or state of emergencies

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor

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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 17, 2020 signed chap.108
Jun 05, 2020 delivered to governor
May 28, 2020 returned to senate
passed assembly
May 27, 2020 ordered to third reading rules cal.54
substituted for a10521
referred to ways and means
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.641
May 26, 2020 reported and committed to rules
May 24, 2020 print number 8113a
May 24, 2020 amend and recommit to consumer protection
committee discharged and committed to consumer protection
Mar 23, 2020 referred to energy and telecommunications

Votes

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May 26, 2020 - Consumer Protection committee Vote

S8113A
6
0
committee
6
Aye
0
Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Consumer Protection Committee Vote: May 26, 2020

aye wr (1)

May 24, 2020 - Rules committee Vote

S8113A
18
0
committee
18
Aye
0
Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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S8113 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10521
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§32, 89-b, 91 & 89-l, Pub Serv L

S8113 - Summary

Relates to issuing a moratorium on utility termination of services during periods of pandemics and/or state of emergencies.

S8113 - Sponsor Memo

S8113 - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  8113

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 23, 2020
                               ___________

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, in relation to issuing a morato-
  rium  on  utility  termination of services during periods of pandemics
  and/or state of emergencies

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

  Section  1.  Subdivision 6 of section 32 of the public service law, as
added by chapter 686 of the laws of 2002, is amended to read as follows:
  6. NO UTILITY CORPORATION OR MUNICIPALITY SHALL TERMINATE SERVICES  TO
ANY  RESIDENTIAL  CUSTOMER  WHO  CANNOT PAY AN OVERDUE CHARGE BECAUSE OF
FINANCIAL HARDSHIP, WHEN SUCH FINANCIAL HARDSHIP DERIVES FROM A FEDERAL,
STATE, COUNTY OR VILLAGE IMPOSED STATE OF EMERGENCY AND/OR PANDEMIC  AND
SUCH  UTILITY  PROVIDES  QUALITY  OF  LIFE SERVICES SUCH AS ELECTRICITY,
STEAM, WATER, NATURAL GAS OR TELECOMMUNICATIONS.
  7. Implementation of the provisions of this section  shall  not  limit
the  contractual  remedies  for  damages which might be available to the
terminating utility provided that an award of such damages is not incon-
sistent with any of the provisions of this article.
  § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.





 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15908-01-0

Co-Sponsors

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S8113A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10521
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§32, 89-b, 91 & 89-l, Pub Serv L

S8113A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to issuing a moratorium on utility termination of services during periods of pandemics and/or state of emergencies.

S8113A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S8113A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                 8113--A

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 23, 2020
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. PARKER, HOYLMAN, METZGER -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Energy
  and Telecommunications -- committee discharged and said bill committed
  to  the Committee on Consumer Protection -- committee discharged, bill
  amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said  commit-
  tee

AN ACT to amend the public service law, in relation to issuing a morato-
  rium  on  utility  termination of services during periods of pandemics
  and/or state of emergencies

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

  Section  1.  Subdivision 6 of section 32 of the public service law, as
added by chapter 686 of the laws of 2002, is amended to read as follows:
  6. NO UTILITY CORPORATION OR MUNICIPALITY SHALL TERMINATE  OR  DISCON-
NECT  SERVICES  TO  ANY  RESIDENTIAL  CUSTOMER FOR THE NON-PAYMENT OF AN
OVERDUE CHARGE FOR THE DURATION OF THE STATE DISASTER EMERGENCY DECLARED
PURSUANT TO EXECUTIVE ORDER TWO  HUNDRED  TWO  OF  TWO  THOUSAND  TWENTY
(HEREIN AFTER "THE COVID-19 STATE OF EMERGENCY").
  UTILITY  CORPORATIONS  AND MUNICIPALITIES SHALL HAVE A DUTY TO RESTORE
SERVICE, TO THE EXTENT NOT ALREADY REQUIRED UNDER THIS CHAPTER,  TO  ANY
RESIDENTIAL  CUSTOMER  WITHIN FORTY-EIGHT HOURS IF SUCH SERVICE HAS BEEN
TERMINATED DURING THE PENDENCY OF THE COVID-19 STATE OF EMERGENCY.
  7. FOR A PERIOD OF ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY DAYS AFTER THE COVID-19 STATE OF
EMERGENCY IS LIFTED OR EXPIRES, NO UTILITY CORPORATION  OR  MUNICIPALITY
SHALL  TERMINATE  OR  DISCONNECT  THE  SERVICE OF A RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMER
BECAUSE OF DEFAULTED DEFERRED PAYMENT AGREEMENTS OR ARREARS OWED TO  THE
UTILITY CORPORATION OR MUNICIPALITY WHEN SUCH CUSTOMER HAS EXPERIENCED A
CHANGE  IN FINANCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES DUE TO THE COVID-19 STATE OF EMERGEN-
CY, AS DEFINED BY THE DEPARTMENT.   THE UTILITY CORPORATION  OR  MUNICI-
PALITY  SHALL  PROVIDE SUCH RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMER WITH THE RIGHT TO ENTER
INTO, OR RESTRUCTURE, A DEFERRED PAYMENT AGREEMENT WITHOUT THE  REQUIRE-
MENT OF A DOWN PAYMENT, LATE FEES, OR PENALTIES, AS SUCH IS PROVIDED FOR
IN THIS ARTICLE.

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

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