senate Bill S6278

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Requires utility service providers to disclose planned rate increases to consumers within a certain amount of time

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Energy And Telecommunications Committee


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Jan 05, 2022 referred to energy and telecommunications
Apr 20, 2021 referred to energy and telecommunications

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S6278 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9706
Current Committee:
Senate Energy And Telecommunications
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add §28, Pub Serv L; add §399-yyyy, Gen Bus L; amd §1020-cc, Pub Auth L

S6278 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires utility service providers to disclose planned rate increases to consumers within thirty but no less than seven days before a planned price increase takes effect; requires utility providers to provide contact information and a mechanism to cancel service completely.

S6278 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S6278 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   6278
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                              April 20, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen.  KAPLAN -- 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, the general business law and the
   public  authorities  law,  in  relation  to  requiring utility service
   providers to disclose planned rate increases  to  consumers  within  a
   certain amount of time
 
   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
 28 to read as follows:
   §  28. NOTICE OF PLANNED RATE INCREASE FOR SERVICES. 1. ANY GAS CORPO-
 RATION, ELECTRIC CORPORATION, WATER CORPORATION OR  MUNICIPALITY,  STEAM
 CORPORATION  OR TELEPHONE CORPORATION SHALL BE REQUIRED TO DISCLOSE TO A
 CONSUMER ANY PLANNED RATE INCREASE FOR SERVICES BEING RENDERED  TO  SUCH
 CONSUMER,  WITHIN THIRTY BUT NO LESS THAN SEVEN DAYS BEFORE SUCH PLANNED
 RATE INCREASE TAKES EFFECT.
   2. (A) ANY NOTIFICATION OF A PLANNED RATE INCREASE  PURSUANT  TO  THIS
 SECTION SHALL BE COMMUNICATED TO THE CONSUMER IN A CLEAR AND CONSPICUOUS
 METHOD WHICH IS SUFFICIENT TO ALERT SUCH CONSUMER THAT SUCH PLANNED RATE
 INCREASE IS OCCURRING.
   (B)  A  CONSUMER SHALL BE NOTIFIED IN A SEPARATE COMMUNICATION OUTSIDE
 OF ANY BILLING  STATEMENT  VIA  PHONE,  ELECTRONIC  MAIL,  LETTER,  TEXT
 MESSAGE OR ANY COMBINATION THEREOF THAT INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT
 "THIS  IS  A  NOTIFICATION  OF  A PLANNED RATE INCREASE FOR THE SERVICES
 CURRENTLY BEING RENDERED".  INCLUSION OF SUCH NOTIFICATION  AS  PART  OF
 ANY BILLING STATEMENT SHALL NOT CONSTITUTE COMPLIANCE WITH THIS SECTION.
   3.  ANY  GAS  CORPORATION,  ELECTRIC CORPORATION, WATER CORPORATION OR
 MUNICIPALITY, STEAM CORPORATION OR TELEPHONE CORPORATION  SHALL  PROVIDE
 WITH  ANY  NOTIFICATION  OF A PLANNED RATE INCREASE INFORMATION ON HOW A
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD07224-04-1

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