senate Bill S3784A

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Requires utility companies to reimburse consumers in the event of a prolonged power outage

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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Feb 23, 2021 referred to corporations, authorities and commissions
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Feb 22, 2021 ordered to third reading cal.369
reported and committed to rules
Feb 18, 2021 print number 3784a
Feb 18, 2021 amend and recommit to energy and telecommunications
Jan 30, 2021 referred to energy and telecommunications

Votes

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Feb 22, 2021 - Energy and Telecommunications committee Vote

S3784A
7
1
committee
7
Aye
1
Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Energy and Telecommunications Committee Vote: Feb 22, 2021

nay (1)
aye wr (1)

Feb 22, 2021 - Rules committee Vote

S3784A
18
0
committee
18
Aye
0
Nay
3
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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S3784 - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Corporations, Authorities And Commissions
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add §77-a, Pub Serv L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2017-2018: S8523
2019-2020: S8879

S3784 - Summary

Requires utility companies to reimburse consumers for spoilage of food and medication due to the lack of refrigeration in the event of a power outage lasting seventy-two hours or more.

S3784 - Sponsor Memo

S3784 - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   3784
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             January 30, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen.  COMRIE -- 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 requiring utility
   companies  to  reimburse  consumers  in the event of a prolonged power
   outage

   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 section
 77-a to read as follows:
   § 77-A. UTILITY REIMBURSEMENT REQUIREMENTS.  1. IN THE  EVENT  THAT  A
 RESIDENTIAL  HOME EXPERIENCES A POWER OUTAGE LASTING SEVENTY-TWO CONSEC-
 UTIVE HOURS OR MORE WITHOUT HAVING BEEN RESOLVED BY THE UTILITY COMPANY,
 THE UTILITY COMPANY SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FOLLOWING:
   (A) FULL REIMBURSEMENT OF ANY FOOD SPOILED DUE TO  LACK  OF  REFRIGER-
 ATION.   CUSTOMERS SHALL PROVIDE THE UTILITY COMPANY AN ITEMIZED LIST OF
 ALL FOOD SPOILED OR PROOF  OF  PURCHASE  WITHIN  FOURTEEN  DAYS  OF  THE
 OUTAGE. THE UTILITY COMPANY SHALL REIMBURSE THE CUSTOMER WITHIN FOURTEEN
 DAYS  OF  THE  RECEIPT  OF  THE  ITEMIZED LIST OR PROOF OF PURCHASE. THE
 AMOUNT OF THE REIMBURSEMENT SHALL NOT EXCEED  A  TOTAL  OF  TWO  HUNDRED
 TWENTY-FIVE  DOLLARS  FOR  CUSTOMERS  WHO  PROVIDE AN ITEMIZED LIST. THE
 AMOUNT OF THE  REIMBURSEMENT  FOR  CUSTOMERS  WHO  PROVIDE  AN  ITEMIZED
 RECEIPT MAY RECEIVE THE FULL AMOUNT TO COVER FOOD SPOILED.
   (B)  FULL  REIMBURSEMENT  OF  ANY  MEDICATION  SPOILED  DUE TO LACK OF
 REFRIGERATION. CUSTOMERS SHALL PROVIDE THE UTILITY COMPANY  AN  ITEMIZED
 LIST  AND  PROOF  OF MEDICATION LOST DUE TO LACK OF REFRIGERATION WITHIN
 FOURTEEN DAYS OF THE OUTAGE. PROOF  MAY  INCLUDE  PHARMACY  PRESCRIPTION
 LABEL,  PHARMACY RECEIPT OR A LETTER FROM THE PRESCRIBING PHYSICIAN. THE
 UTILITY COMPANY SHALL REIMBURSE THE CUSTOMER WITHIN FOURTEEN DAYS OF THE
 RECEIPT OF THE ITEMIZED LIST AND PROOF OF MEDICATION LOST.
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD08293-01-1

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S3784A (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Corporations, Authorities And Commissions
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add §77-a, Pub Serv L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2017-2018: S8523
2019-2020: S8879

S3784A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires utility companies to reimburse consumers for spoilage of food and medication due to the lack of refrigeration in the event of a power outage lasting seventy-two hours or more.

S3784A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S3784A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                  3784--A
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             January 30, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen.  COMRIE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-
   cations  --  committee  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as
   amended and recommitted to said committee
 
 AN ACT to amend the public service law, in relation to requiring utility
   companies to reimburse consumers in the event  of  a  prolonged  power
   outage
 
   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  section
 77-a to read as follows:
   §  77-A.  UTILITY REIMBURSEMENT REQUIREMENTS.   1. IN THE EVENT THAT A
 RESIDENTIAL UTILITY CUSTOMER OR SMALL BUSINESS  CUSTOMER  EXPERIENCES  A
 WIDESPREAD  PROLONGED  OUTAGE  LASTING  AT LEAST SEVENTY-TWO CONSECUTIVE
 HOURS OR MORE WITHOUT HAVING BEEN RESOLVED BY THE UTILITY  COMPANY,  THE
 UTILITY COMPANY SHALL:
   (A) PROVIDE REIMBURSEMENT OF ANY FOOD SPOILED DUE TO LACK OF REFRIGER-
 ATION.   RESIDENTIAL UTILITY CUSTOMERS SHALL PROVIDE THE UTILITY COMPANY
 AN ITEMIZED LIST OF ALL FOOD SPOILED OR PROOF OF LOSS  OF  FOOD  SPOILED
 WITHIN  FOURTEEN DAYS OF THE OUTAGE. THE UTILITY COMPANY SHALL REIMBURSE
 THE CUSTOMER WITHIN THIRTY DAYS OF THE RECEIPT OF THE ITEMIZED  LIST  OR
 PROOF  OF LOSS. THE AMOUNT OF THE REIMBURSEMENT SHALL NOT EXCEED A TOTAL
 OF TWO HUNDRED THIRTY-FIVE DOLLARS FOR CUSTOMERS WHO PROVIDE AN ITEMIZED
 LIST. THE AMOUNT OF THE REIMBURSEMENT FOR CUSTOMERS WHO PROVIDE PROOF OF
 LOSS SHALL NOT EXCEED FIVE HUNDRED FORTY DOLLARS.
   (B) PROVIDE REIMBURSEMENT OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION  SPOILED  DUE  TO
 LACK  OF  REFRIGERATION. RESIDENTIAL UTILITY CUSTOMERS SHALL PROVIDE THE
 UTILITY COMPANY WITH AN ITEMIZED LIST AND PROOF OF LOSS OF  PRESCRIPTION
 MEDICATION  DUE  TO  LACK  OF  REFRIGERATION WITHIN FOURTEEN DAYS OF THE
 OUTAGE.  THE UTILITY COMPANY SHALL REIMBURSE THE CUSTOMER WITHIN  THIRTY
 DAYS  OF  THE  RECEIPT  OF  THE  ITEMIZED  LIST  AND  PROOF  OF  LOSS OF
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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