Relates to rates charged volunteer fire companies and volunteer ambulance companies.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to rates charged volunteer fire companies and volunteer ambulance companies
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill includes volunteer fire and ambulance companies amongst those volunteer organizations for which a utility may only charge residential rates.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Amends section 76 of the public service law to include volunteer fire companies and volunteer ambulance companies amongst the organizations that are charged residential rates.
JUSTIFICATION: Our volunteer fire and ambulance companies provide lifesaving services to the community with their members answering the emergency bell at any time, day or night. To that end, we should ensure that volunteer fire and ambulance companies are able to receive the lowest cost electric rates available.
It is important to note that section 76 of the public service law currently provides that veteran organizations, religious bodies and community residences are billed a lower residential rate and this bill simply includes volunteer fire and ambulance companies within that section.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.4879 of 2009-2010
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Thirty days after it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 655 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. VALESKY -- 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 rates charged volunteer fire companies and volunteer ambulance companies THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 76 of the public service law, as amended by chapter 82 of the laws of 1998, is amended to read as follows: S 76. Rates charged veteran organizations, VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANIES, VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE COMPANIES, religious bodies and community resi- dences. No gas corporation, electric corporation or municipality shall, directly or indirectly, charge, demand, collect or receive from any post or hall owned or leased by a not-for-profit corporation that is a veter- ans' organization, VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY, VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE COMPANY or corporation or association organized and conducted in good faith for religious purposes, including the operation by such corporation or asso- ciation of a school, notwithstanding that secular subjects are taught at such school, or from a community residence as defined in subdivision twenty-eight, twenty-eight-a or twenty-eight-b of section 1.03 of the mental hygiene law, provided, however, that such residence shall be operated by a not-for-profit corporation and if supervisory staff is on site on a twenty-four hour per day basis, that the residence provides living accommodations for fourteen or fewer residents, a rate, regard- less of the type of service offered, for any gas or electric service utilized exclusively in connection with such veteran organization, VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY, VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE COMPANY or for such reli- gious purposes or utilized exclusively at such community residence greater than the rates or charges charged, demanded, collected or received by such gas corporation, electric corporation or municipalityEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03513-01-1 S. 655 2
from domestic consumers receiving single-phase service within the same village, town or municipality. S 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.