Requires utility companies to include on their bills notice of any and all public hearings concerning rate hikes.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to requiring utility companies to include a notice of public hearings concerning rate increases
PURPOSE OF BILL: This legislation requires utility companies to post notification of date and place of proposed hearings concerning rate hikes on the monthly bills.
JUSTIFICATION: Utility rate hikes over the years have been the subject of tremendous controversy. Many consumers feel that the present system of notification is inadequate and that the most common method of notification occurs after the fact via the media or the actual increase in the monthly payment. This legislation is intended to address the issue of inadequate notification by requiring utility companies to post the date and place of the hearings on the customer's bill for service. This is a more appropriate method of notifying consumers so that they may plan to attend the hearing or submit comments.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: Sponsored by M/A Lafayette 1993-1994 - S.5463 1995-1996 - S.896A 1997-1998 - A.8810 1999-2000 - S.719A, A.894A 2001-02 (A.1292/S.1046) 2003-04 (A.65/S.4541) 2005-06 (A.172/S.1248) 2007-08 (A.60) 2009-10 (S.3573A)
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1385 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 7, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. PERKINS -- 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 requiring utility companies to include a notice of public hearings concerning rate increases THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 44 of the public service law is amended by adding a new subdivision 6 to read as follows: 6. EVERY UTILITY CORPORATION SHALL INCLUDE ON THEIR BILLS SENT TO THEIR CUSTOMERS ADVANCE NOTICE OF THE DATE AND PLACE OF ANY AND ALL PUBLIC HEARINGS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO HEARINGS BEFORE THE COMMISSION, CONCERNING PROPOSED INCREASES IN RATES OF SUCH UTILITY CORPORATION KNOWN TO SUCH UTILITY CORPORATION AT THE TIME OF THE PREPA- RATION OF SUCH BILLS. S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04162-01-1