senate Bill S8765

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to consumer protection and utility meter choice

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Consumer Protection Committee


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Apr 13, 2022 referred to consumer protection

S8765 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10555
Current Committee:
Senate Consumer Protection
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Add §349-g, Gen Bus L

S8765 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to consumer protection and utility meter choice.

S8765 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S8765 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   8765
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                              April 13, 2022
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by Sen. HARCKHAM -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Consumer Protection
 
 AN ACT to amend the  general  business  law,  in  relation  to  consumer
   protection and utility meter choice
 
   THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

   Section 1. The general business law is amended by adding a new section
 349-g to read as follows:
   § 349-G. CONSUMER PROTECTION AND UTILITY METER CHOICE. 1. FOR PURPOSES
 OF THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
   (A) "ANALOG UTILITY METER" SHALL MEAN A NEW YORK STATE PUBLIC  SERVICE
 COMMISSION  APPROVED  ELECTRO-MECHANICAL  UTILITY  METER THAT MEASURES A
 UTILITY CONSUMER'S ELECTRIC OR GAS USAGE AND DOES NOT CONTAIN OR UTILIZE
 ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS OR SWITCH MODE POWER SUPPLY AND DOES NOT  EXTRACT,
 STORE,  OR  TRANSMIT  PRIVATE UTILITY USAGE DATA OR RADIOFREQUENCY RADI-
 ATION.
   (B) "DIGITAL UTILITY METER" SHALL MEAN A NEW YORK STATE PUBLIC SERVICE
 COMMISSION APPROVED,  RADIOFREQUENCY  TRANSMITTING  OR  NON-TRANSMITTING
 UTILITY  METER  THAT  UTILIZES  ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS, INCLUDING BUT NOT
 LIMITED TO, SWITCH MODE POWER SUPPLY, ANTENNAS AND BATTERIES,  TO  MEAS-
 URE, EXTRACT, STORE AND/OR TRANSMIT ELECTRIC OR GAS USAGE.
   2. FOR THE PROTECTION OF CONSUMER HEALTH, SAFETY AND/OR PRIVACY NEEDS,
 IT  SHALL  BE  THE RIGHT OF EVERY CONSUMER OF AN ELECTRIC CORPORATION OR
 GAS CORPORATION, AT NO  PENALTY,  FEE  OR  SERVICE  CHARGE,  TO  DECLINE
 PERMISSION TO THEIR ELECTRIC CORPORATION OR GAS CORPORATION:
   (A)  TO  REPLACE  AN  EXISTING ANALOG UTILITY METER AT SUCH CONSUMER'S
 PREMISES THAT IS ASSIGNED TO SUCH  CONSUMER'S  ACCOUNT  WITH  A  DIGITAL
 UTILITY METER; OR
   (B)  TO INSTALL A DIGITAL UTILITY METER AT THEIR PROPERTY WITHOUT SUCH
 CONSUMER'S CONSENT.
   3. FOR THE PROTECTION OF CONSUMER HEALTH, SAFETY AND/OR PRIVACY NEEDS,
 IT SHALL BE THE RIGHT OF EVERY CONSUMER OF AN  ELECTRIC  CORPORATION  OR
 GAS  CORPORATION, AT NO PENALTY, FEE OR SERVICE CHARGE, TO REQUIRE THEIR
 ELECTRIC CORPORATION OR GAS CORPORATION TO REPLACE AN  EXISTING  DIGITAL
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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