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A00104 Summary:

BILL NOA00104
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORCahill
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSRCook, Galef
 
Add 92-h, Pub Serv L
 
Requires any telephone service provider to furnish a toll-free consumer service number for consumers offered or provided unsolicited telephone services without a charge for a specified period of use time by means of a telephone calling card number, account number, electronic serial number or personal identification number when a charge, fee or payment is later required by the consumer for termination or continued use of the unsolicited telephone service.
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A00104 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A104
 
SPONSOR: Cahill (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to requiring tele- phone service providers to furnish a toll-free consumer service number for consumers offered unsolicited services   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this legislation is to require telephone service compa- nies to provide consumers who must either subscribe to or terminate telephone services at the end of a finite, no-charge trial period with a toll-free number for customer service.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The legislation adds a new section 92-g to article 5 of the public service law to provide the above measure.   JUSTIFICATION: Under current law, any company or business offering unsolicited tele- phone service in New York State for any specific period of time or value is not required to provide a toll-free number for consumers to terminate or discontinue such service. Without appropriate access to service providers in respect to billing, rate and other information, a consumer becomes highly vulnerable to charges for additional services that they do not want or cannot afford.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2015-2016 A772 - Referred to Consumer 2013-2014 A1371 Referred to Consumer Affairs and Protection 2011-2012 A319 Referred to Consumer Affairs and Protection 2009-2010 A603 Referred to Consumer Affairs and Protection 2007-2008 A527 Referred to Consumer Affairs and Protection 2005-2006 A4765 Referred to Consumer Affairs and Protection 2003-2004 A204 Passed in Assembly 2002 Passed in Assembly.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become law.
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A00104 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                           104
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                       (Prefiled)
 
                                     January 4, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of A. CAHILL -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. COOK,
          GALEF -- read once and referred to the Committee on  Consumer  Affairs
          and Protection
 
        AN  ACT  to amend the public service law, in relation to requiring tele-
          phone service providers to furnish a toll-free consumer service number
          for consumers offered unsolicited services
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1.  The public service law is amended by adding a new section
     2  92-h to read as follows:
     3    § 92-h. Toll-free consumer service number for consumers offered  unso-
     4  licited  services.  Any  person, firm, corporation, partnership, associ-
     5  ation, company or business offering or providing to a consumer  unsolic-
     6  ited  telephone  services  without  charge for a specified period of use
     7  time or for a specified value of use time by means of a telephone  call-
     8  ing  card  number,  account number, electronic serial number or personal
     9  identification number when a charge,  fee  or  payment  is  subsequently
    10  required  by  the consumer for termination or continued use of the unso-
    11  licited telephone service shall furnish  a  toll-free  consumer  service
    12  number  to all such consumers which a consumer can use to obtain answers
    13  to questions, information on the rates, information on terms  or  condi-
    14  tions, and for resolution of a billing or service complaint.
    15    §  2.  This  act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall
    16  have become a law.
 
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD01339-01-7
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