Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jun 01, 2022||
referred to corporations, authorities and commissions
delivered to assembly
ordered to third reading cal.1811
|May 17, 2022||
reported and committed to rules
|May 10, 2022||
reported and committed to finance
|Mar 09, 2022||
referred to energy and telecommunications
Senate Bill S8534
2021-2022 Legislative Session
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Assembly Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2021-S8534 (ACTIVE) - Details
2021-S8534 (ACTIVE) - Summary
Establishes the "small water utility transparency act"; requires the public service commission and the department of environmental conservation to conduct audits of certain private water companies; requires certain private water companies which are under certain investigations to file public updates on the status of compliance with such orders.
2021-S8534 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S8534 SPONSOR: HINCHEY TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, the environmental conservation law and the state finance law, in relation to reporting requirements and audits of private water companies PURPOSE: This bill will provide greater oversight of small private water compa- nies throughout the state by granting more auditing authority to certain state agencies and the Comptroller's office. It also gives DPS the authority to institute and enforce a graduated penalty system for non- compliance of health and safety standards. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1: This act shall be known and may be cited as the "small water utility transparency act".
2021-S8534 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 8534 I N S E N A T E March 9, 2022 ___________ Introduced by Sen. HINCHEY -- 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, the environmental conservation law and the state finance law, in relation to reporting requirements and audits of private water companies THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "small water utility transparency act". § 2. The public service law is amended by adding a new section 89-q to read as follows: § 89-Q. POWERS OF THE COMMISSION WITH RESPECT TO PRIVATE WATER COMPA- NIES. 1. THE COMMISSION, IN COORDINATION WITH THE COMPTROLLER, SHALL CONDUCT FULL AUDITS OF REGULATED PRIVATE WATER COMPANIES WITH GROSS ANNUAL REVENUES BELOW TWO HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ON A THREE- TO FIVE-YEAR CYCLE, AS DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSION. SUCH AUDITS SHALL FOCUS ON CAPITAL INVESTMENT IN THE PRIVATE WATER COMPANY, COMPLIANCE WITH STATE AND FEDERAL WATER SAFETY REGULATIONS AND LAWS, FINANCIAL CAPACITY OF THE PRIVATE WATER COMPANY, MANAGEMENT ABILITY AND FUNCTION OF THE PRIVATE WATER COMPANY, WATER ADEQUACY AND SUFFICIENCY OF THE PRIVATE WATER SYSTEM AND AFFORDABILITY. 2. THE COMMISSION SHALL REQUIRE THAT ANY REGULATED PRIVATE WATER COMPANY WITH GROSS ANNUAL REVENUES BELOW TWO HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS WHICH IS UNDER INVESTIGATION EITHER BY MOTION OF THE COMMISSION, PURSUANT TO SECTION EIGHTY-NINE-I OF THIS ARTICLE, OR PURSUANT TO AN ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE SHALL FILE REGULAR PUBLIC UPDATES ON THE STATUS OF COMPLIANCE WITH SUCH ORDER. THE COMMISSION SHALL PROMULGATE RULES AND REGULATIONS REGARDING SUCH REQUIREMENT INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DETERMINING HOW OFTEN SUCH PUBLIC UPDATES SHALL BE PROVIDED AND THE MANNER IN WHICH SUCH PUBLIC UPDATES SHALL BE PROVIDED TO THE PUBLIC. THE COMMISSION SHALL BE AUTHORIZED TO ESTABLISH AND COLLECT FINES FOR NON-COMPLIANCE WITH THIS SUBDIVISION. SUCH FINES MAY BE SET AT INCREASED RATES FOR REPEATED NON-COMPLIANCE. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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