A08666 Summary:

BILL NOA08666
 
SAME ASSAME AS S06869
 
SPONSORSantabarbara
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 66, Pub Serv L
 
Enacts the "utility ratepayer protection act"; requires legislative approval of increases in utility charges.
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A08666 Actions:

BILL NOA08666
 
09/11/2017referred to energy
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A08666 Committee Votes:

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A08666 Floor Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A08666 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A8666
 
SPONSOR: Santabarbara
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to requiring legislative approval of increases in utility charges   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To require in addition to the consent of the Public Service Commission, Legislative approval before implementing increases in fees, rentals and charges for the furnishing or rendition of gas or electric power.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "utility ratepayer protection act". § 2. Subdivision 12 of section 66 of the public service law is amended by adding a new paragraph (b-1) to read as follows: (b-1) No change shall be made in any rate or charge, which shall have been filed by a utility in compliance with an order of the commission, without the consent of both houses of the legislature by a majority vote in each house. The utility shall submit a written report to the legisla- ture at least one hundred eighty days prior to the date when any proposed increase in fees, rentals and charges for the provision of services by the utility is scheduled to take effect. Such report shall include justification for the proposed increase, and information setting forth the current financial condition of the utility. The legislature may require any additional data or information that it deems necessary. If the legislature or the appropriate committees thereof, finds that the proposed increases are not necessary to produce sufficient revenue to meet the expense of the provision of services, including the maintenance and operation of infrastructure,, then no proposed increase shall take effect until approved by a majority vote of each house of the legisla- ture.   JUSTIFICATION: A recent proposal made by National Grid to hike its electricity and natural gas rates by a whopping 14 percent has drawn a firestorm of opposition from New Yorkers who already pay the 7th highest energy costs in the nation. While the Public Service Commission is charged with assuring consumers are not subject to excessive rate hikes, they are not accountable to the voters who ultimately pay for these essential services in an industry bereft of free market competition and choice. Currently, these increases are not subject to ratification, and this bill would provide a much-needed extra layer of protection for ratepay- ers here in New York State.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A08666 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          8666
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                   September 11, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A. SANTABARBARA -- read once and referred to the
          Committee on Energy
 
        AN ACT to amend the public service law, in relation to requiring  legis-
          lative approval of increases in utility charges
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1.  This act shall be known and may be cited as  the  "utility
     2  ratepayer protection act".
     3    §  2.    Subdivision  12  of  section  66 of the public service law is
     4  amended by adding a new paragraph (b-1) to read as follows:
     5    (b-1) No change shall be made in any rate or charge, which shall  have
     6  been  filed  by a utility in compliance with an order of the commission,
     7  without the consent of both houses of the legislature by a majority vote
     8  in each house. The utility shall submit a written report to the legisla-
     9  ture at least one hundred  eighty  days  prior  to  the  date  when  any
    10  proposed  increase  in  fees,  rentals  and charges for the provision of
    11  services by the utility is scheduled to take effect. Such  report  shall
    12  include justification for the proposed increase, and information setting
    13  forth  the  current  financial condition of the utility. The legislature
    14  may require any additional data or information that it deems  necessary.
    15  If  the  legislature,  or the appropriate committees thereof, finds that
    16  the proposed increases are not necessary to produce  sufficient  revenue
    17  to  meet the expense of the provision of services, including the mainte-
    18  nance and operation of infrastructure, then no proposed  increase  shall
    19  take  effect  until  approved  by  a  majority vote of each house of the
    20  legislature.
    21    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD13394-03-7
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A08666 LFIN:

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A08666 Chamber Video:

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