senate Bill S8946

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Creates the state office of the utility consumer advocate

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Rules Committee


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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Aug 28, 2020 referred to rules

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S8946 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9572
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 1-A §§28-a - 28-d, Pub Serv L

S8946 (ACTIVE) - Summary

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

S8946 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S8946 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   8946
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                              August 28, 2020
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sens.  SAVINO, 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  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

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