Bill S1947-2013

Requires public utility companies to charge volunteer ambulance corps and volunteer fire companies the same rates and charges applicable to residential customers

Requires public utility companies to charge volunteer fire companies and volunteer ambulance corps the same rates, charges, etc. applicable to residential customers for the same services; prohibits recovery of revenue lost therefrom, from being recovered from ratepayers.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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BILL NUMBER:S1947

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to charges or fees on volunteer ambulance corps and volunteer fire companies in certain cases

PURPOSE: Requires public utility companies to charge volunteer ambulance corps and volunteer fire departments the same rates and charges applicable to residential customers.

SUMMARY:

Section 1 amends the Public Service Law by adding a new section 116-a allowing certain volunteer organizations to be treated as individual customers. Presently, public utilities have the option of charging volunteer ambulance corps and volunteer fire companies commercial rates and often do so.

Section 2 amends section 66 of the Public Service Law by adding a new subdivision 29. This bill amends the public service law to require public utility companies to charge these volunteer organizations the same rates as residential customers.

JUSTIFICATION: Volunteer ambulance corps and volunteer fire companies provide essential services to the community. As a matter of public policy, volunteer ambulance corps and volunteer fire departments should be granted the lowest fees, rates, and charges.

Currently, public utilities have the option of charging volunteer ambulance corps and volunteer fire departments commercial rates. In other sections of the Public Services Law veteran organizations, religious bodies and community residences are billed a lower residential rate. It is appropriate that volunteer emergency services receive residential rates as well.

The increase cost of utility services places an unnecessary burden on these public servants. In rural counties throughout the state, most of the emergency services are volunteer and cannot afford to pay high utility rates.

This legislation will require public utility companies to charge volunteer fire companies and volunteer ambulance corps the same rates, charges, etc. applicable to residential customers for the same services. In addition, it prohibits recovery of revenue lost there from, from being recovered from ratepayers.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.5520 of 2012- Referred to Energy and Telecommunications S.5520 of 2011- Referred to Energy and Telecommunications S.3470 of 2010- Referred to Energy and Telecommunications S.5059 of 2006- Passed Senate S.3032 of 2006- Referred to Energy and Telecommunications

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: 60 days after it becomes law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1947 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sens. RITCHIE, BONACIC, DeFRANCISCO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Energy and Telecommunications AN ACT to amend the public service law, in relation to charges or fees on volunteer ambulance corps and volunteer fire companies in certain cases 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 116-a to read as follows: S 116-A. CERTAIN VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS TO BE TREATED AS INDIVIDUAL CUSTOMER; CERTAIN CASES. NO PUBLIC UTILITY COMPANY SHALL CHARGE, IMPOSE OR COLLECT FROM ANY VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE CORPS OR VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY ANY RATE, FEE OR CHARGE NOT OTHERWISE CHARGEABLE TO AN INDIVIDUAL RESI- DENTIAL CUSTOMER FOR THE SAME OR SIMILAR SERVICE. S 2. Section 66 of the public service law is amended by adding a new subdivision 29 to read as follows: 29. NO REVENUE FORGONE BY AN ELECTRIC CORPORATION, AS A RESULT OF SUBJECTING VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE CORPS AND VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANIES WITH RATES OR CHARGES APPLICABLE TO DOMESTIC CONSUMERS PURSUANT TO SECTION ONE HUNDRED SIXTEEN-A OF THIS CHAPTER, SHALL BE RECOVERED FROM CUSTOMERS OF SUCH CORPORATION. S 3. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law.

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