S05696 Summary:

BILL NO    S05696A

SAME AS    No same as 

SPONSOR    LIBOUS

COSPNSR    

MLTSPNSR   

Amd S5, Pub Serv L

Directs the public service commission to study and eliminate utility billing
messages that are no longer relevant or confusing; requires the public service
commission to develop recommendations for utility bills that are standardized,
uniform and easy to understand.
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S05696 Actions:

BILL NO    S05696A

06/05/2013 REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
06/11/2013 AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
06/11/2013 PRINT NUMBER 5696A
01/08/2014 REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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S05696 Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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S05696 Memo:

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S05696 Text:

                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
       ________________________________________________________________________

                                        5696--A

                              2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                                   I N  S E N A T E

                                     June 5, 2013
                                      ___________

       Introduced  by  Sen.  LIBOUS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
         printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-
         cations  --  committee  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as
         amended and recommitted to said committee

       AN ACT to direct the public service commission to study  and  report  on
         streamlining  orders and actions associated with bills for residential
         electric, gas, telephone and water customers; and to amend the  public
         service law, in relation to directing the public service commission to
         develop  recommendations  for standardized, uniform and easy to under-
         stand utility bills

         THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
       BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

    1    Section  1. (a) The public service commission is directed to study the
    2  past orders and  actions  related  to  matters  which  required  billing
    3  messages  that were developed prior to industry competition and that may
    4  be creating confusing bills for residential customers of electric,  gas,
    5  telephone and water companies. Specifically, such study shall review the
    6  past commission orders and actions and determine which bill messages are
    7  no  longer  relevant  and  should  be  removed  because  the information
    8  required to be included in the consumer bills is no longer relevant  and
    9  may  be  largely  ignored  by  most consumers. In such cases, the public
   10  service commission shall  no  longer  require  this  information  to  be
   11  included  in customer bills, but can make such information available via
   12  the utility company's public website in lieu of requiring this  informa-
   13  tion  in  consumer  bills.  In completing this study, the public service
   14  commission shall reduce bill messages that are no longer needed.
   15    (b) This study shall result in a report,  which  details  all  billing
   16  related  orders  and commission actions that are no longer necessary and
   17  can hinder companies from  providing  streamlined  consumer  bills.  The
   18  study  and  report  shall be filed, on or before December 31, 2014, with
   19  the governor, the director of the division of the budget, the speaker of

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD11335-02-3
       S. 5696--A                          2

    1  the assembly, the temporary president of the senate, the  chair  of  the
    2  assembly  way  and  means  committee,  the  chair  of the senate finance
    3  committee and the chairs of the assembly standing  committee  on  corpo-
    4  rations,  authorities and commissions and the senate energy and telecom-
    5  munications committee. Such study and report shall also be posted on the
    6  website of the public service commission by December 31, 2014 and  shall
    7  be deemed a public document.
    8    S  2.  Section  5 of the public service law is amended by adding a new
    9  subdivision 7 to read as follows:
   10    7. THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  DEVELOP  AND  PUBLISH  RECOMMENDATIONS  FOR
   11  PROVIDERS  OF ELECTRIC, GAS, STEAM, TELEPHONE AND WATER SERVICES FOR THE
   12  ESTABLISHMENT OF AN IMPROVED  BILLING  SYSTEM  FOR  EACH  TYPE  OF  SUCH
   13  SERVICE  PROVIDERS AND FOR BILLS THAT ARE STANDARDIZED, UNIFORM AND EASY
   14  TO UNDERSTAND.
   15    S 3. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
   16  have become a law.
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