Bill S1249-2011

Provides for a priority call system for use in connection with emergency disconnections of utilities, service coverage and oversight of response time

Amends the public service law, in relation to providing for a priority call system for use in connection with emergency disconnections of utilities, service coverage and oversight of response time in connection with the emergency disconnection of utilities.

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  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • Jan 6, 2011: REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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BILL NUMBER:S1249

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to providing for a priority call system for use in connection with emergency disconnections of utilities, service coverage and oversight of response time in connection with the emergency disconnection of utilities

PURPOSE: The bill provides for a priority call system for use in connection with emergency disconnections of utilities, service coverage and oversight of response time.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1- The public service law is amended by adding a new section 46-a.

Section 2- Section 65 of the public service law is amended by adding a new subdivision 14.

Section 3- Section 66 of the public service law is amended by adding a new subdivision 29.

Section 4- Section 80 of the public service law is amended by adding a new subdivision 13.

Section 5- contains effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: To have a process dealing with disconnecting a power source during an emergency - such as a fire - is extremely important. currently, the utility company is responsible for the disconnection and firefighters are unable to do their job until the utility cuts the power to a building. Low staffing ratios and inadequate process and procedures have lead to delays in such instances. This legislation will put in place processes and procedures to comply with emergency shut offs and create a mechanism for review to improve response time.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2010: S/8304 - Referred to Rules

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1249 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 6, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. ADDABBO -- 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 providing for a priority call system for use in connection with emergency discon- nections of utilities, service coverage and oversight of response time in connection with the emergency disconnection of utilities THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The public service law is amended by adding a new section 48-a to read as follows: S 48-A. PRIORITY CALL SYSTEM AND REPORTING. 1. THE COMMISSION SHALL ESTABLISH A PRIORITY CALL SYSTEM FOR USE BY POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY REQUIRING DISCONNECTION OF UTILITY SERVICES PROVIDED BY A CORPORATION SUBJECT TO THIS ARTICLE. SUCH SYSTEM SHALL BE IN OPERATION AT ALL TIMES, AND SHALL PROVIDE ACCESS TO ONE OR MORE EMPLOYEES OF A CORPORATION, WHICH EMPLOYEES SHALL BE AUTHOR- IZED TO DIRECT THE IMMEDIATE DISCONNECTION. THE COMMISSION SHALL PROMULGATE SUCH RULES AND REGULATIONS AS IT DEEMS NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION. 2. EACH CORPORATION SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ARTICLE SHALL ESTABLISH A PRIORITY CALL SYSTEM, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RULES AND REGU- LATIONS OF THE COMMISSION, FOR USE BY POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY REQUIRING DISCONNECTION OF SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE CORPORATION. 3. EACH CORPORATION SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS CHAPTER SHALL ANNUALLY FILE WITH THE COMMISSION A REPORT, IN SUCH FORM AS THE COMMIS- SION SHALL PRESCRIBE, DETAILING THE DATES AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF EACH REQUESTED EMERGENCY DISCONNECTION, THE IDENTITY OF THE PERSON, AGENCY AND DEPARTMENT MAKING THE REQUEST, THE RESPONSE TO EACH SUCH REQUEST AND THE TIME REQUIRED TO ACCOMPLISH THE DISCONNECTION OF SERVICE, TOGETHER
WITH SUCH OTHER INFORMATION THE COMMISSION DEEMS RELEVANT. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL RESULT IN A PENAL- TY, PAYABLE TO THE COMMISSION, OF ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS PER DAY UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THE COMPLETED REPORT IS FILED. S 2. Section 65 of the public service law is amended by adding a new subdivision 14 to read as follows: 14. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, IN ORDER TO ENSURE ADEQUATE SERVICE, EACH CORPORATION SUBJECT TO THIS ARTICLE SHALL ASSIGN, AT A MINIMUM, ONE SERVICE PERSON FOR EVERY TWENTY THOUSAND PEOPLE IN THE POPULATION IN EACH LOCAL AREA SERVED BY THE CORPORATION. S 3. Section 66 of the public service law is amended by adding a new subdivision 29 to read as follows: 29. THE COMMISSION SHALL HAVE THE POWER TO REQUIRE EACH CORPORATION SUBJECT TO THIS ARTICLE, INCLUDING ELECTRIC CORPORATIONS AND GAS CORPO- RATIONS, TO MAINTAIN RECORDS OF AND FILE REPORTS REGARDING THE CORPO- RATION'S RESPONSE TIMES IN CONNECTION WITH THE DISCONNECTION OF SERVICE PROVIDED BY THE CORPORATION DURING EMERGENCY SITUATIONS AND DURING EMER- GENCY AND/OR DISASTER PREPAREDNESS DRILLS CONDUCTED BY FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS, AND TO CONDUCT AUDITS WITH REGARD THERETO. THE COMMISSION SHALL HAVE THE POWER TO EXAMINE THE ACCOUNTS, BOOKS, CONTRACTS, RECORDS, DOCUMENTS AND PAPERS OF ANY SUCH CORPORATION REGARD- ING THE RESPONSE TIME, TO DIRECT THE CORPORATION TO IMPLEMENT ANY RECOM- MENDATIONS THE COMMISSION FINDS TO BE NECESSARY AND REASONABLE, AND TO IMPOSE FINES FOR THE FAILURE TO FOLLOW THE COMMISSION'S RECOMMENDATIONS. S 4. Section 80 of the public service law is amended by adding a new subdivision 13 to read as follows: 13. THE COMMISSION SHALL HAVE THE POWER TO REQUIRE EACH CORPORATION SUBJECT TO THIS ARTICLE TO MAINTAIN RECORDS OF THE FILE REPORTS REGARD- ING SUCH CORPORATION'S RESPONSE TIMES IN CONNECTION WITH THE DISCON- NECTION OF SERVICE PROVIDED BY THE CORPORATION DURING EMERGENCY SITU- ATIONS AND DURING EMERGENCY AND/OR DISASTER PREPAREDNESS DRILLS CONDUCTED BY FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS, AND TO CONDUCT AUDITS WITH REGARD THERETO. THE COMMISSION SHALL HAVE THE POWER TO EXAMINE THE ACCOUNTS, BOOKS, CONTRACTS, RECORDS, DOCUMENTS AND PAPERS OF ANY SUCH CORPORATION REGARDING THE RESPONSE TIME, TO DIRECT SUCH CORPORATIONS TO IMPLEMENT ANY RECOMMENDATIONS THE COMMISSION FINDS TO BE NECESSARY AND REASONABLE, AND TO IMPOSE FINES FOR THE FAILURE TO FOLLOW THE COMMIS- SION'S RECOMMENDATIONS. S 5. This act shall take effect immediately.

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