Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|May 19, 2023||
referred to energy and telecommunications
Senate Bill S7294
2023-2024 Legislative Session
Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Energy And Telecommunications Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2023-S7294 (ACTIVE) - Details
2023-S7294 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S7294 SPONSOR: HINCHEY TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to certain penalties PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The penalties included in Section 25 and 25-a of the public service law have not been updated since they were introduced in 1986. This bill increases the penalties by 272% to account for historic inflation, and indexes them on an annual basis going forward. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1: Short title: This act shall be known and may be cited as "Utility Penalty Adjustment". Section 2: Increases the penalties in Section 25 of the public service law by 272% for historical Inflation and ties the penalties to inflation moving forward.
2023-S7294 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 7294 2023-2024 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E May 19, 2023 ___________ Introduced by Sen. HINCHEY -- 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, in relation to certain penalties THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "utility penalty adjustment". § 2. Subdivisions 2, 3 and 4 of section 25 of the public service law, subdivisions 3 and 4 as added by chapter 665 of the laws of 1980 and subdivision 2, paragraph (a) of subdivision 3 and paragraph (a) of subdivision 4 as amended by chapter 375 of the laws of 1986, are amended and a new subdivision 4-a is added to read as follows: 2. Any public utility company, corporation or person and the officers, agents and employees thereof that knowingly fails or neglects to obey or comply with a provision of this chapter or an order adopted under authority of this chapter so long as the same shall be in force, shall forfeit to the people of the state of New York a sum not exceeding [one] TWO hundred SEVENTY-FIVE thousand dollars constituting a civil penalty for each and every offense and, in the case of a continuing violation, each day shall be deemed a separate and distinct offense. 3. Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision two of this section, any such public utility company, corporation or person and the officers, agents and employees thereof that knowingly fails or neglects to obey or comply with a provision of this chapter, or an order or regulation adopted under the authority of this chapter, adopted specifically for the protection of human safety, including but not limited to the commis- sion's code of gas safety regulations shall, if it is determined by the commission that such safety violation caused or constituted a contribut- ing factor in bringing about a death or personal injury, forfeit to the state of New York a sum not to exceed the greater of: EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10392-03-3
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