Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Feb 17, 2023||
referred to corporations, authorities and commissions
Assembly Bill A4573
2023-2024 Legislative Session
Current Bill Status - In Assembly Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2023-A4573 (ACTIVE) - Details
2023-A4573 (ACTIVE) - Summary
Directs the department of public service to prepare written reports on the effect the COVID-19 state of emergency has on certain utilities of electric, gas, water, wastewater, and telephone service to commercial and residential customers in the state and on the affordability of services.
2023-A4573 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 4573 2023-2024 Regular Sessions I N A S S E M B L Y February 17, 2023 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. ZEBROWSKI, L. ROSENTHAL, THIELE, STECK -- read once and referred to the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions AN ACT directing the department of public service to prepare a written report on the affordability of utility services THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative findings and declaration. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, chapters 108 and 126 of the laws of 2020 were adopted to ensure that New Yorkers would not be deprived of gas, electric, water service, helping households follow the vital state policy of "sheltering in place." The moratorium prohibited termination of utility services at a pivotal moment when it became evident that sanitary conditions were required to combat the COVID-19 virus and keep New Yorkers safe and healthy, especially seniors and the medically vulnerable. The legisla- ture finds and declares that it is unknown to the state the number of New Yorkers who had their services terminated or disconnected during the pandemic. The legislature finds that many utility customers rely on continuous service for heat, water, and electricity to power necessary equipment, such as life-saving health care devices and other New Yorkers require cooling during extreme heat conditions and heat during extreme cold conditions, particularly when congregate care cooling and heating facilities are not safe for use by medically vulnerable households. The legislature finds that the state requires comprehensive data concerning New Yorkers' ability to afford utility service, including the number of New Yorkers who had their services terminated or who are currently at risk of termination during the pandemic. The legislature finds that this data is critical to ascertain the effectiveness of the moratorium and other COVID-19 consumer protections, as well as the disruptive effects that the pandemic has had on utility customers' finances, and utility finances and services, and the public health, safety and welfare of EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01633-01-3
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