|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 11, 2021||referred to energy and telecommunications|
senate Bill S1365
Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Energy And Telecommunications Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S1365 (ACTIVE) - Details
S1365 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S1365 SPONSOR: SERRANO TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to limiting certain charging practices by companies that provide prepaid telephone calling cards and increasing fines for violations of limitation requirements PURPOSE: To enhance consumer protection in prepaid calling cards. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Creates a new subdivision 4-a of Section 92-F of the public service law to prevent companies from: -Calculating for usage charges by rounding up beyond the next minute. -Charging or unconnected calls.
S1365 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 1365 2021-2022 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E January 11, 2021 ___________ Introduced by Sen. SERRANO -- 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 limiting certain charging practices by companies that provide prepaid telephone calling cards and increasing fines for violations of limitation requirements THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 92-f of the public service law is amended by adding a new subdivision 4-a to read as follows: 4-A. NO COMPANY THAT PROVIDES PREPAID CALLING SERVICES THROUGH PREPAID CALLING CARDS SHALL: A. CALCULATE USAGE CHARGES BY ROUNDING UP BEYOND THE NEXT MINUTE FOR TELEPHONE PHONE CALLS; B. CHARGE MINUTES FOR UNCONNECTED TELEPHONE PHONE CALLS, INCLUDING CALLS THAT ARE DROPPED OR TO WHICH THERE IS NO ANSWER OR A BUSY SIGNAL; C. PUBLICIZE OR DISPLAY ADVERTISEMENTS STATING THAT THERE IS NO CONNECTION FEE ASSOCIATED WITH A PLAN OR CALLING CARD IF THERE IS A DISCONNECTION FEE ASSOCIATED WITH THE PLAN OR CALLING CARD. § 2. Subdivision 8 of section 92-f of the public service law, as added by chapter 651 of the laws of 1999, is amended to read as follows: 8. Enforcement. The commission shall have the power, consistent with federal law, to assess a penalty not to exceed [one] FIVE thousand dollars against any company that provides prepaid calling cards or services that knowingly fails or neglects to comply with any provision of this section or any regulation or order of the commission implement- ing or enforcing the provisions of this section FOR A FIRST VIOLATION AND TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR A SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT VIOLATION. All moneys recovered from any administrative penalty shall be paid into the state treasury to the credit of the general fund. § 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
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