senate Bill S5325

Signed By Governor
2021-2022 Legislative Session

Requires utility corporations, municipalities, water-works corporations, and telephone service providers to allow customers to use their preferred name and pronouns

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Current Bill Status Via A6193 - Signed by Governor


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor

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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Nov 16, 2021 signed chap.630
delivered to governor
Jun 09, 2021 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.1692
substituted for s5325
Jun 09, 2021 substituted by a6193
ordered to third reading cal.1692
committee discharged and committed to rules
Mar 02, 2021 referred to energy and telecommunications

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S5325 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6193
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add §31-a, amd §89-b, Pub Serv L; add §399-zzzzz, Gen Bus L

S5325 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires utility corporations, municipalities, water-works corporations, and telephone service providers to allow customers to use their preferred name and pronouns.

S5325 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S5325 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   5325
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                               March 2, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen. HOYLMAN -- 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 and the general business law, in
   relation to requiring  utility  corporations,  municipalities,  water-
   works corporations, and telephone service providers to allow customers
   to use their preferred name and pronouns
 
   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
 31-a to read as follows:
   §  31-A.  USE  OF PREFERRED NAME AND PRONOUNS. 1. EVERY UTILITY CORPO-
 RATION OR MUNICIPALITY SHALL PROVIDE APPLICANTS FOR RESIDENTIAL  SERVICE
 AND  RESIDENTIAL  CUSTOMERS WITH A CONVENIENT OPTION TO REQUEST THAT THE
 UTILITY CORPORATION OR MUNICIPALITY  USE  THEIR  PREFERRED  NAME  AND/OR
 PREFERRED  PRONOUNS  IN  ALL  WRITTEN OR ORAL COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN THE
 UTILITY CORPORATION OR MUNICIPALITY AND THE APPLICANT  OR  CUSTOMER,  AS
 WELL  AS  ALL STATEMENTS OR DOCUMENTATION RELATING TO A CUSTOMER'S RESI-
 DENTIAL SERVICE, REGARDLESS OF  WHETHER  SUCH  APPLICANT  OR  CUSTOMER'S
 PREFERRED NAME DIFFERS FROM THEIR CURRENT LEGAL NAME.
   2.  IF  AN  APPLICANT  OR CUSTOMER'S PREFERRED NAME DIFFERS FROM THEIR
 CURRENT LEGAL NAME, A UTILITY CORPORATION OR  MUNICIPALITY  MAY  REQUIRE
 SUCH APPLICANT OR CUSTOMER TO PROVIDE REASONABLE PROOF OF IDENTITY USING
 THEIR LEGAL NAME, PROVIDED THAT SUCH INFORMATION SHALL BE USED SOLELY TO
 VERIFY  THE  APPLICANT  OR  CUSTOMER'S  IDENTITY  OR  FOR OTHER PURPOSES
 REQUIRED BY LAW.
   3. NO UTILITY CORPORATION OR MUNICIPALITY SHALL:
   (A) WILLFULLY AND REPEATEDLY FAIL TO USE AN  APPLICANT  OR  CUSTOMER'S
 PREFERRED NAME AND/OR PREFERRED PRONOUNS AFTER BEING CLEARLY INFORMED OF
 THE PREFERRED NAME AND/OR PREFERRED PRONOUNS PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION ONE
 OF THIS SECTION; OR
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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