Bill S6244-2013

Authorizes and directs the NYSPA to request information from beneficiaries of certain settlement proceedings and to report thereon; repealer

Authorizes and directs the NYSPA to request information from beneficiaries of certain settlement proceedings and to report thereon.

Details

Actions

  • Mar 17, 2014: SIGNED CHAP.12
  • Mar 12, 2014: DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • Feb 10, 2014: returned to senate
  • Feb 10, 2014: passed assembly
  • Feb 10, 2014: ordered to third reading cal.448
  • Feb 10, 2014: substituted for a8495
  • Jan 23, 2014: referred to corporations, authorities and commissions
  • Jan 22, 2014: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jan 22, 2014: PASSED SENATE
  • Jan 13, 2014: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.9
  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO RULES

Meetings

Calendars

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Rules - Jan 13, 2014
Ayes (22): Skelos, Libous, Bonacic, Carlucci, Farley, Flanagan, Hannon, Larkin, LaValle, Marcellino, Maziarz, Nozzolio, Seward, Valesky, Stewart-Cousins, Breslin, Dilan, Hassell-Thompson, Montgomery, Perkins, Espaillat, Gianaris
Ayes W/R (1): Krueger
Absent (1): Parker

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S6244

TITLE OF BILL: An act to repeal subdivision 24 of section 1005 of the public authorities law relating to the powers and duties of the power authority of the state of New York, and to authorize and direct the power authority of the state of New York to request information from beneficiaries of certain settlement proceedings and to report thereon; and providing for the repeal of certain provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE OF BILL:

To make technical corrections to Chapter 552 of the Laws of 2013 relating to the powers and duties of the power authority of the state of New York.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill repeals subdivision 24 of section 1005 of the public authorities law (enacted as Chapter 552 of the Laws of 2013) which directed the power authority of the state of New York to conduct an audit, obtain information, and prepare a report with respect to beneficiaries of the federal relicensing agreement approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that took effect on September 1, 2007 in relation to the Niagara Power Project in Lewiston, New York.

Section 2 of the bill requires the power authority of the state of New York to obtain information from certain entities that received a benefit from the authority as a result of proceedings related to the relicensing of the Niagara power project that was approved by FERC, and to issue a report on the results of the information requests.

Section 3 of the bill is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

In 2013, the Legislature passed and the governor signed into law Chapter 552 of the Laws of 2013. This law requires the Power Authority of the State of New York to audit beneficiaries of a power allocation or cash payment in the federal relicensing agreement approved by FERC that took effect on September 1, 2007, in relation to the Niagara Power Project in Lewiston, NY.

This bill is a chapter amendment to Chapter 552 and makes technical corrections to further ensure that the goals of transparency and accountability are achieved.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6244 IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 8, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to repeal subdivision 24 of section 1005 of the public authori- ties law relating to the powers and duties of the power authority of the state of New York, and to authorize and direct the power authority of the state of New York to request information from beneficiaries of certain settlement proceedings and to report thereon; and providing for the repeal of certain provisions upon expiration thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 24 of section 1005 of the public authorities law, as added by chapter 552 of the laws of 2013, is REPEALED. S 2. The power authority of the state of New York ("authority") shall transmit a written request for information ("information request") to (i) each public entity within the state of New York ("state") and (ii) each private entity with facilities within the state (collectively, "entity"), that received an allocation, sub-allocation or transfer of power, grant of money or any other tangible benefit from the authority as a result of the settlement proceedings related to the relicensing of the authority's Niagara power project approved by the federal energy regulatory commission that took effect on September 1, 2007. (a) The authority shall seek from each such entity the following information: 1. all purposes for which the power allocation or grant was used; 2. whether any portion of the power allocation or grant or any benefit therefrom was sub-allocated or transferred to another person or entity and, if so, the name and address of each such person or entity; 3. whether the person or entity has a basis to believe that the power allocation or grant contributed to the retention or creation of new jobs in the state and, if so, the estimated number of jobs retained and created and the basis for the person or entity's estimate; 4. whether the power allocation or grant provided any other benefits and, if so, a description of all such benefits; and
5. the results of any audit conducted by the entity concerning the use of a power allocation or grant by the entity or any person to which any portion of the power allocation or grant was sub-allocated or trans- ferred. (b) If the person or entity that received a power allocation or grant lacks any of the information described in subdivision (a) of this section with respect to any portion of a grant that was sub-allocated or transferred to another person or entity, the authority shall transmit a written request for information to each such person or entity for the purpose of obtaining such information. (c) Each entity or person that receives a written request for informa- tion from the authority pursuant to this act shall cooperate fully with the authority, provide responsive information in a timely manner, and comply with other requests and requirements deemed appropriate by the authority or its designee. (d) The authority shall issue a report on the results of the informa- tion requests authorized by this act by July 1, 2015. The authority shall include in such report the identity of any entity or person that received a request for information from the authority but did not provide responsive information. The authority shall post a copy of the report on the authority's website and transmit a copy of the full report to the governor, the temporary president of the senate, the speaker of the assembly, the chairs of the senate energy and telecommunications committee and the assembly corporations, authorities and commissions and energy committees. (e) The information requests and report provided for by this section may in the authority's discretion be conducted by the authority or by a qualified contractor selected by the authority in accordance with the authority's procurement guidelines. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately and shall be deemed to have been in full force and effect on and after the date chapter 552 of the laws of 2013 took effect; provided, however, that section two of this act shall expire and be deemed repealed July 1, 2015.

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