assembly Bill A7554B

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Directs the department of public service to prepare a written report on the effect of the COVID-19 state of emergency on certain utilities and on the affordability of services

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Current Bill Status Via S5451 - Passed Senate & Assembly


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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 03, 2022 returned to senate
passed assembly
ordered to third reading rules cal.691
substituted for a7554b
Jun 03, 2022 substituted by s5451c
rules report cal.691
reported
Jun 02, 2022 reported referred to rules
reference changed to ways and means
May 25, 2022 print number 7554b
May 25, 2022 amend (t) and recommit to corporations, authorities and commissions
May 10, 2022 print number 7554a
May 10, 2022 amend (t) and recommit to corporations, authorities and commissions
Jan 05, 2022 referred to corporations, authorities and commissions
May 13, 2021 referred to corporations, authorities and commissions

Votes

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Jan 11, 2022 - Energy and Telecommunications committee Vote

S5451A
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committee
7
Aye
1
Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Committee Vote: Jan 11, 2022

nay (1)
aye wr (1)

Apr 14, 2021 - Energy and Telecommunications committee Vote

S5451
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1
committee
8
Aye
1
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Committee Vote: Apr 14, 2021

nay (1)

A7554 - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S5451
Law Section:
Public Services

A7554 - Summary

Directs the department of public service to prepare written reports on the effect the COVID-19 state of emergency has on certain utilities of electric, gas, water, wastewater, and telephone service to commercial and residential customers in the state and on the affordability of services.

A7554 - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   7554
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
 
                               May 13, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced by M. of A. CAHILL -- read once and referred to the Committee
   on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions
 
 AN  ACT  directing the department of public service to prepare a written
   report on the effect of the COVID-19 state  of  emergency  on  certain
   utilities  (Part  A);  and  directing  the department of environmental
   conservation to prepare a written report on the effect of the COVID-19
   state of emergency on wastewater utilities (Part B)
 
   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. This act enacts into law components of legislation relating
 to  the  effects  of the COVID-19 state disaster emergency on utilities'
 services. Each component is wholly contained within a Part identified as
 Parts A through B. The effective  date  for  each  particular  provision
 contained  within  such  Part  is  set forth in the last section of such
 Part.  Any provision in any section contained within a  Part,  including
 the  effective  date of the Part, which makes reference to a section "of
 this act", when used in connection with that particular component, shall
 be deemed to mean and refer to the corresponding section of the Part  in
 which  it  is  found.  Section  four  of this act sets forth the general
 effective date of this act.
   § 2. Legislative findings and declaration. In response to the COVID-19
 pandemic, chapter 108 of the laws of 2020 was adopted to ensure that New
 Yorkers would not be deprived of a minimum standard of decency. The  law
 prohibited  termination  of utility services at a pivotal moment when it
 became evident that sanitary conditions  were  required  to  combat  the
 COVID-19 virus. The legislature finds and declares that it is unknown to
 the  state  the number of New Yorkers whom had their services terminated
 or disconnected during the pandemic. The  legislature  finds  that  many
 utility  customers rely on continuous service for heat, water, and elec-
 tricity to power necessary equipment, such as  life-saving  health  care
 devices.  Now, as vaccine approvals and distributions signal a potential
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

Co-Sponsors

A7554A - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S5451
Law Section:
Public Services

A7554A - Summary

Directs the department of public service to prepare written reports on the effect the COVID-19 state of emergency has on certain utilities of electric, gas, water, wastewater, and telephone service to commercial and residential customers in the state and on the affordability of services.

A7554A - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                  7554--A
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
 
                               May 13, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced by M. of A. CAHILL -- read once and referred to the Committee
   on  Corporations,  Authorities  and  Commissions -- recommitted to the
   Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions  in  accordance
   with  Assembly  Rule  3, sec. 2 -- committee discharged, bill amended,
   ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

 AN ACT directing the department of public service to prepare  a  written
   report  on the affordability of utility services (Part A); and direct-
   ing the department of public service to prepare a  written  report  on
   the  effect of the COVID-19 state of emergency on wastewater utilities
   (Part B)
 
   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. This act enacts into law components of legislation relating
 to  the  effects  of the COVID-19 state disaster emergency on utilities'
 services and the affordability of such  services.    Each  component  is
 wholly  contained  within  a  Part  identified as Parts A through B. The
 effective date for each particular provision contained within such  Part
 is  set  forth  in  the last section of such Part.  Any provision in any
 section contained within a Part, including the  effective  date  of  the
 Part,  which  makes  reference  to a section "of this act", when used in
 connection with that particular component, shall be deemed to  mean  and
 refer  to  the  corresponding  section of the Part in which it is found.
 Section four of this act sets forth the general effective date  of  this
 act.
   § 2. Legislative findings and declaration. In response to the COVID-19
 pandemic,  chapters  108  and  126  of  the laws of 2020 were adopted to
 ensure that New Yorkers would not be deprived of gas, electric, water or
 telephone service, helping households follow the vital state  policy  of
 "sheltering in place."  The moratorium prohibited termination of utility
 services at a pivotal moment when it became evident that sanitary condi-
 tions  were  required  to combat the COVID-19 virus and keep New Yorkers

  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD03808-11-2

Co-Sponsors

A7554B (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S5451
Law Section:
Public Services

A7554B (ACTIVE) - Summary

Directs the department of public service to prepare written reports on the effect the COVID-19 state of emergency has on certain utilities of electric, gas, water, wastewater, and telephone service to commercial and residential customers in the state and on the affordability of services.

A7554B (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                  7554--B
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
 
                               May 13, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced by M. of A. CAHILL, L. ROSENTHAL -- read once and referred to
   the  Committee  on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions -- recom-
   mitted to the Committee on Corporations, Authorities  and  Commissions
   in  accordance  with  Assembly Rule 3, sec. 2 -- committee discharged,
   bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended  and  recommitted  to  said
   committee  --  again  reported  from  said  committee with amendments,
   ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee
 
 AN ACT directing the department of public service to prepare  a  written
   report on the affordability of utility services
 
   THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. Legislative findings and declaration. In  response  to  the
 COVID-19 pandemic, chapters 108 and 126 of the laws of 2020 were adopted
 to ensure that New Yorkers would not be deprived of gas, electric, water
 service, helping households follow the vital state policy of "sheltering
 in place."  The moratorium prohibited termination of utility services at
 a  pivotal  moment  when it became evident that sanitary conditions were
 required to combat the COVID-19 virus and  keep  New  Yorkers  safe  and
 healthy,  especially  seniors and the medically vulnerable. The legisla-
 ture finds and declares that it is unknown to the state  the  number  of
 New Yorkers who had their services terminated or disconnected during the
 pandemic.  The  legislature  finds  that  many utility customers rely on
 continuous service for heat, water, and electricity to  power  necessary
 equipment, such as life-saving health care devices and other New Yorkers
 require  cooling  during extreme heat conditions and heat during extreme
 cold conditions, particularly when congregate care cooling  and  heating
 facilities are not safe for use by medically vulnerable households.  The
 legislature  finds that the state requires comprehensive data concerning
 New Yorkers' ability to afford utility service, including the number  of
 New  Yorkers  who  had their services terminated or who are currently at
 risk of termination during the pandemic. The legislature finds that this
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD03808-16-2