•  Summary 
  •  
  •  Actions 
  •  
  •  Committee Votes 
  •  
  •  Floor Votes 
  •  
  •  Memo 
  •  
  •  Text 
  •  
  •  LFIN 
  •  
  •  Chamber Video/Transcript 

A09616 Summary:

BILL NOA09616
 
SAME ASSAME AS S07894
 
SPONSORDinowitz
 
COSPNSRDe La Rosa, Galef, Harris
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 11, Pub Serv L
 
Relates to the minimum requirements for a quorum; there shall be no less than a majority of the total number of members of the commission in order to transact any business, perform any duty or exercise any power.
Go to top    

A09616 Actions:

BILL NOA09616
 
01/26/2018referred to corporations, authorities and commissions
02/13/2018reported
02/15/2018advanced to third reading cal.687
02/27/2018passed assembly
02/27/2018delivered to senate
02/27/2018REFERRED TO CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS
06/19/2018SUBSTITUTED FOR S7894
06/19/20183RD READING CAL.1952
06/19/2018PASSED SENATE
06/19/2018RETURNED TO ASSEMBLY
Go to top

A09616 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A9616
 
SPONSOR: Dinowitz
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to the minimum requirements for a quorum   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To amend the quorum requirements of section 11 of the public service law.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Amends section 11 of the public service law to clarify that a quorum is a majority of the total number of members of the commission; as such membership is required pursuant to section four of article one of the public service law, and restricts the commission from exercising any powers or duties without a quorum.   JUSTIFICATION: The Public Service Commission exercises jurisdiction over extremely important and complex cases regarding the state's energy and telecommu- nications markets. Current law requires the Commission's board to consist of five commissioners, with a majority constituting a quorum. This law would clarify that there must be at least three commissioners in order to constitute a quorum as well as a minimum of three commis- sioners voting affirmatively for any decisions considered by the Commis- sion. With the complexity and breadth of cases that the Commission deals with on a daily basis, it is imperative that there be a sufficient number of commissioners that provide unique knowledge of, and experience in, the issues at hand.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2017-18. A.6826A - Veto Memo No. 210 of 2017/S.5442A - Veto Memo No. 210 of 2017   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day.
Go to top

A09616 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          9616
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 26, 2018
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. DINOWITZ -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions
 
        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  public  service law, in relation to the minimum
          requirements for a quorum
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. Section 11 of the public service law, as amended by chapter
     2  371 of the laws of 1977, is amended to read as follows:
     3    § 11. Quorum;  powers  of  a  commissioner.    A majority of the [duly
     4  appointed commissioners] total number of members of the  commission,  as
     5  such  membership  is  required  pursuant to section four of this article
     6  shall constitute a quorum and not less than a majority of such  [commis-
     7  sioners]  total  number of members concurring may transact any business,
     8  perform any duty or exercise any power of the commission.   The  commis-
     9  sion may hold meetings of the commission at any time or place within the
    10  state.  Any  investigation,  inquiry or hearing which the commission has
    11  power to undertake or to hold may be undertaken or held by or before any
    12  commissioner or before any specially authorized officer or  employee  of
    13  the  commission,  provided  that at least one commissioner shall hold at
    14  least one public hearing without delegation of authority to any special-
    15  ly authorized  hearing  officer  or  employee  when  such  hearings  are
    16  mandated   by  applications  for  rate  increases.  All  investigations,
    17  inquiries, hearings and decisions of a commissioner or specially author-
    18  ized officer or employee shall be and  be  deemed  to  be  the  investi-
    19  gations,  inquiries,  hearings and decisions of the commission and every
    20  order made by a commissioner, when approved and confirmed by the commis-
    21  sion and ordered filed in its office, shall be and be deemed to  be  the
    22  order of the commission.
    23    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    24  it shall have become a law.
 

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD10314-04-8
Go to top