senate Bill S5237A

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Requires service providers 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
May 25, 2021 referred to corporations, authorities and commissions
delivered to assembly
passed senate
May 12, 2021 amended on third reading 5237b
May 04, 2021 advanced to third reading
May 03, 2021 2nd report cal.
Apr 28, 2021 1st report cal.851
Apr 22, 2021 print number 5237a
Apr 22, 2021 amend and recommit to energy and telecommunications
Feb 26, 2021 referred to energy and telecommunications

Votes

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Apr 14, 2021 - Energy and Telecommunications committee Vote

S5237A
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committee
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Aye
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Nay
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Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
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Abstained
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Energy and Telecommunications Committee Vote: Apr 14, 2021

nay (1)

S5237 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6428
Current Committee:
Assembly Corporations, Authorities And Commissions
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §1020-f, Pub Auth L

S5237 - Summary

Requires service providers 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.

S5237 - Sponsor Memo

S5237 - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   5237
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             February 26, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by Sen. GAUGHRAN -- 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 authorities law, in relation to requiring
   service providers 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. Subdivision (cc) of section 1020-f of the  public  authori-
 ties law is amended by adding a new paragraph 6 to read as follows:
   6. (I) IN THE EVENT THAT A RESIDENTIAL UTILITY CUSTOMER OR SMALL BUSI-
 NESS CUSTOMER EXPERIENCES A WIDESPREAD PROLONGED OUTAGE LASTING AT LEAST
 SEVENTY-TWO  CONSECUTIVE  HOURS  OR MORE WITHOUT HAVING BEEN RESOLVED BY
 THE SERVICE PROVIDER, THE UTILITY COMPANY SHALL:
   (A) PROVIDE REIMBURSEMENT OF ANY FOOD SPOILED DUE TO LACK OF REFRIGER-
 ATION.  RESIDENTIAL UTILITY CUSTOMERS SHALL PROVIDE THE SERVICE PROVIDER
 AN ITEMIZED LIST OF ALL FOOD SPOILED OR PROOF OF LOSS  OF  FOOD  SPOILED
 WITHIN FOURTEEN DAYS OF THE OUTAGE. THE SERVICE PROVIDER 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
 SERVICE PROVIDER WITH AN ITEMIZED LIST AND PROOF OF LOSS OF PRESCRIPTION
 MEDICATION  DUE  TO  LACK  OF  REFRIGERATION WITHIN FOURTEEN DAYS OF THE
 OUTAGE.  THE SERVICE PROVIDER SHALL REIMBURSE THE CUSTOMER WITHIN THIRTY
 DAYS OF  THE  RECEIPT  OF  THE  ITEMIZED  LIST  AND  PROOF  OF  LOSS  OF
 PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION.  THE AMOUNT OF THE REIMBURSEMENT SHALL TOTAL NO
 MORE THAN THE ACTUAL LOSS OF PERISHABLE PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE.
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

S5237A - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6428
Current Committee:
Assembly Corporations, Authorities And Commissions
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §1020-f, Pub Auth L

S5237A - Summary

Requires service providers 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.

S5237A - Sponsor Memo

S5237A - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                  5237--A
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             February 26, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by Sen. GAUGHRAN -- 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 authorities law,  in  relation  to  requiring
   service  providers  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.  Subdivision (cc) of section 1020-f of the public authori-
 ties law, as added by section 7 of part A of chapter 173 of the laws  of
 2013, is amended by adding a new paragraph 6 to read as follows:
   6. (I) IN THE EVENT THAT A RESIDENTIAL UTILITY CUSTOMER OR SMALL BUSI-
 NESS CUSTOMER EXPERIENCES A WIDESPREAD PROLONGED OUTAGE LASTING AT LEAST
 SEVENTY-TWO  CONSECUTIVE  HOURS  OR MORE WITHOUT HAVING BEEN RESOLVED BY
 THE SERVICE PROVIDER, THE UTILITY COMPANY SHALL:
   (A) PROVIDE REIMBURSEMENT OF ANY FOOD SPOILED DUE TO LACK OF REFRIGER-
 ATION.  RESIDENTIAL UTILITY CUSTOMERS SHALL PROVIDE THE SERVICE PROVIDER
 AN ITEMIZED LIST OF ALL FOOD SPOILED OR PROOF OF LOSS  OF  FOOD  SPOILED
 WITHIN FOURTEEN DAYS OF THE OUTAGE. THE SERVICE PROVIDER 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
 SERVICE PROVIDER WITH AN ITEMIZED LIST AND PROOF OF LOSS OF PRESCRIPTION
 MEDICATION  DUE  TO  LACK  OF  REFRIGERATION WITHIN FOURTEEN DAYS OF THE
 OUTAGE.  THE SERVICE PROVIDER 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.

Co-Sponsors

S5237B (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6428
Current Committee:
Assembly Corporations, Authorities And Commissions
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §1020-f, Pub Auth L

S5237B (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires service providers 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.

S5237B (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S5237B (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                  5237--B
     Cal. No. 851
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             February 26, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by Sen. GAUGHRAN -- 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 -- reported  favorably  from
   said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a third
   reading,  amended  and  ordered  reprinted, retaining its place in the
   order of third reading
 
 AN ACT to amend the public authorities law,  in  relation  to  requiring
   service  providers  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.  Subdivision (cc) of section 1020-f of the public authori-
 ties law, as added by section 7 of part A of chapter 173 of the laws  of
 2013, is amended by adding a new paragraph 6 to read as follows:
   6. (I) IN THE EVENT THAT A RESIDENTIAL UTILITY CUSTOMER OR SMALL BUSI-
 NESS CUSTOMER EXPERIENCES A WIDESPREAD PROLONGED OUTAGE LASTING AT LEAST
 SEVENTY-TWO  CONSECUTIVE  HOURS  OR MORE WITHOUT HAVING BEEN RESOLVED BY
 THE SERVICE PROVIDER, THE SERVICE PROVIDER SHALL:
   (A) PROVIDE REIMBURSEMENT OF ANY FOOD SPOILED DUE TO LACK OF REFRIGER-
 ATION.  RESIDENTIAL UTILITY CUSTOMERS SHALL PROVIDE THE SERVICE PROVIDER
 AN ITEMIZED LIST OF ALL FOOD SPOILED OR PROOF OF LOSS  OF  FOOD  SPOILED
 WITHIN FOURTEEN DAYS OF THE OUTAGE. THE SERVICE PROVIDER 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
 SERVICE PROVIDER WITH AN ITEMIZED LIST AND PROOF OF LOSS OF PRESCRIPTION
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

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