Assembly Bill A2072A

2023-2024 Legislative Session

Relates to requiring the establishment of automatic payment plans

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2023-A2072 - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S1200
Current Committee:
Assembly Ways And Means
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add §66-v, Pub Serv L
Versions Introduced in 2021-2022 Legislative Session:
A10480, S8983

2023-A2072 - Summary

Relates to requiring the establishment of automatic payment plans; requires utility companies headquartered in New York to establish a statewide program to provide eligible participants with affordable payment plans.

2023-A2072 - Bill Text download pdf

                             
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   2072
 
                        2023-2024 Regular Sessions
 
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
 
                             January 23, 2023
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  CUNNINGHAM  -- read once and referred to the
   Committee on Energy
 
 AN ACT to amend the public service law, in  relation  to  requiring  the
   establishment of automatic payment plans
 
   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
 66-u to read as follows:
   § 66-U. UTILITY AUTOMATIC PAYMENT PLANS. 1.  WITHIN ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY
 DAYS  OF  THE  EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER
 PROVISION OF LAW, THE COMMISSION IS AUTHORIZED AND DIRECTED  TO  REQUIRE
 INVESTOR  OWNED  COMBINATION UTILITY COMPANIES HEADQUARTERED IN NEW YORK
 TO ESTABLISH A STATEWIDE PROGRAM TO PROVIDE ELIGIBLE  PARTICIPANTS  WITH
 AFFORDABILITY  PAYMENT  PLANS. INVESTOR OWNED COMBINATION UTILITY COMPA-
 NIES SHALL AUTOMATICALLY PROVIDE APPROPRIATE PAYMENT PLANS TO QUALIFYING
 LOW INCOME INDIVIDUALS WHO PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION  OF  THEIR  ELIGIBILITY
 STATUS.    THE  FISCAL  IMPACT  OF  SUCH A PROGRAM SHALL NOT BE BORNE BY
 CUSTOMERS AND SHALL NOT BE ADDED TO BILLS RENDERED BY THE INVESTOR OWNED
 COMBINATION UTILITY COMPANY TO CUSTOMERS. ENROLLMENT SHALL BE  AVAILABLE
 AT ANY TIME DURING THE YEAR. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, "COMBINA-
 TION  UTILITY  COMPANY" SHALL MEAN A UTILITY COMPANY THAT PROVIDES ELEC-
 TRIC, GAS, OR STEAM SERVICE.
   2. (A) THE COMMISSION SHALL ENGAGE  WITH  INVESTOR  OWNED  COMBINATION
 UTILITY  COMPANIES  TO ESTABLISH AUTOMATED FILE MATCHING MECHANISMS THAT
 WILL PROVIDE, VIA ELECTRONIC MEANS, INVESTOR OWNED  COMBINATION  UTILITY
 COMPANIES WITH A LIST OF ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANTS WITHIN THE UTILITY COMPA-
 NY'S SERVICE TERRITORY. THE COMMISSION SHALL PROVIDE SUCH INFORMATION TO
 SUCH  UTILITY  COMPANIES  NO  LESS THAN SEMI-ANNUALLY. AN INVESTOR OWNED
 COMBINATION UTILITY COMPANY WHICH OFFERS SUCH  A  PAYMENT  PLAN  PROGRAM
 SHALL  CONSPICUOUSLY  ADVERTISE  THE  AVAILABILITY  OF  SUCH PLAN ON THE
 WEBSITE OF SUCH UTILITY COMPANY.
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD04261-01-3
              

co-Sponsors

2023-A2072A - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S1200
Current Committee:
Assembly Ways And Means
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add §66-v, Pub Serv L
Versions Introduced in 2021-2022 Legislative Session:
A10480, S8983

2023-A2072A - Summary

Relates to requiring the establishment of automatic payment plans; requires utility companies headquartered in New York to establish a statewide program to provide eligible participants with affordable payment plans.

2023-A2072A - Bill Text download pdf

                             
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                  2072--A
 
                        2023-2024 Regular Sessions
 
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
 
                             January 23, 2023
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  CUNNINGHAM  -- read once and referred to the
   Committee on Energy -- 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 the
   establishment of automatic payment plans

   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
 66-v to read as follows:
   § 66-V. UTILITY AUTOMATIC PAYMENT PLANS. 1.  WITHIN ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY
 DAYS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION,  NOTWITHSTANDING  ANY  OTHER
 PROVISION  OF  LAW, THE COMMISSION IS AUTHORIZED AND DIRECTED TO REQUIRE
 UTILITY COMPANIES HEADQUARTERED IN NEW YORK  TO  ESTABLISH  A  STATEWIDE
 PROGRAM  TO PROVIDE ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANTS WITH AFFORDABLE PAYMENT PLANS.
 UTILITY COMPANIES SHALL AUTOMATICALLY PROVIDE APPROPRIATE PAYMENT  PLANS
 TO  QUALIFYING LOW INCOME INDIVIDUALS WHO PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION OF THEIR
 ELIGIBILITY STATUS.  THE FISCAL IMPACT OF SUCH A PROGRAM  SHALL  NOT  BE
 BORNE BY CUSTOMERS AND SHALL NOT BE ADDED TO BILLS RENDERED BY THE UTIL-
 ITY  COMPANY  TO  CUSTOMERS.  ENROLLMENT  SHALL BE AVAILABLE AT ANY TIME
 DURING THE YEAR. FOR THE PURPOSES OF  THIS  SECTION,  "UTILITY  COMPANY"
 SHALL  MEAN  A  UTILITY  COMPANY  THAT  PROVIDES ELECTRIC, GAS, OR STEAM
 SERVICE.
   2. (A) THE COMMISSION SHALL ENGAGE WITH UTILITY COMPANIES TO ESTABLISH
 AUTOMATED FILE MATCHING MECHANISMS THAT  WILL  PROVIDE,  VIA  ELECTRONIC
 MEANS, UTILITY COMPANIES WITH A LIST OF ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANTS WITHIN THE
 UTILITY  COMPANY'S  SERVICE TERRITORY. THE COMMISSION SHALL PROVIDE SUCH
 INFORMATION TO SUCH UTILITY COMPANIES  NO  LESS  THAN  SEMI-ANNUALLY.  A
 UTILITY COMPANY WHICH OFFERS SUCH A PAYMENT PLAN PROGRAM SHALL CONSPICU-
 OUSLY  ADVERTISE  THE  AVAILABILITY  OF SUCH PLAN ON THE WEBSITE OF SUCH
 UTILITY COMPANY.
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD04261-03-3
 A. 2072--A                          2
              

co-Sponsors

2023-A2072B (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S1200
Current Committee:
Assembly Ways And Means
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add §66-v, Pub Serv L
Versions Introduced in 2021-2022 Legislative Session:
A10480, S8983

2023-A2072B (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to requiring the establishment of automatic payment plans; requires utility companies headquartered in New York to establish a statewide program to provide eligible participants with affordable payment plans.

2023-A2072B (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                             
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                  2072--B
 
                        2023-2024 Regular Sessions
 
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
 
                             January 23, 2023
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  CUNNINGHAM  -- read once and referred to the
   Committee on Energy -- 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  to  amend  the public service law, in relation to requiring the
   establishment of automatic payment plans
 
   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
 37-b to read as follows:
   § 37-B. UTILITY AUTOMATIC PAYMENT PLANS. 1.  WITHIN ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY
 DAYS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION,  NOTWITHSTANDING  ANY  OTHER
 PROVISION  OF  LAW, THE COMMISSION IS AUTHORIZED AND DIRECTED TO REQUIRE
 UTILITY COMPANIES  TO  PROVIDE  ELIGIBLE  PARTICIPANTS  WITH  AFFORDABLE
 PAYMENT PLANS. UTILITY COMPANIES SHALL AUTOMATICALLY PROVIDE APPROPRIATE
 PAYMENT  PLANS TO QUALIFYING LOW INCOME INDIVIDUALS WHO PROVIDE DOCUMEN-
 TATION OF THEIR ELIGIBILITY STATUS. ENROLLMENT SHALL BE AVAILABLE AT ANY
 TIME DURING THE YEAR. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, "UTILITY  COMPA-
 NY"  SHALL  MEAN A UTILITY COMPANY THAT PROVIDES ELECTRIC, GAS, OR STEAM
 SERVICE.
   2. (A) A UTILITY COMPANY WHICH OFFERS  SUCH  A  PAYMENT  PLAN  PROGRAM
 SHALL  CONSPICUOUSLY  ADVERTISE  THE  AVAILABILITY  OF  SUCH PLAN ON THE
 WEBSITE OF SUCH UTILITY COMPANY.
   (B) THE COMMISSION SHALL ALSO CREATE A MECHANISM BY WHICH AN  INDIVID-
 UAL'S DOCUMENTATION IS SUBMITTED AND REASONABLY AND PROMPTLY REVIEWED BY
 A UTILITY COMPANY FOR QUALIFICATION AS PROPER DOCUMENTATION OF THE INDI-
 VIDUAL'S ELIGIBILITY STATUS. SUCH MECHANISM SHALL ALSO PROVIDE FOR ELEC-
 TRONIC SUBMISSION OF DOCUMENTATION.

  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD04261-06-3
 A. 2072--B                          2
 
              

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