Relates to public hearing requirements before a gas or electric corporation closes a call center.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law, in relation to public hearing requirements before a gas or electric corporation closes a call center
PURPOSE: Chapter 330 of the laws of 2010 required that no call center of a gas or electric facility may relocate without a hearing before the Public Service Commission (PSC). This legislation outlines the specific criteria for the required hearing.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends paragraph (b) of subdivision 13 of section 65 of the public service law.
Requires that a public hearing must be called with 20 to 60 days of receipt by the PSC of the notice to relocate and defines what constitutes a public hearing.
JUSTIFICATION: Chapter 330 of the laws of 2010 requires that no electric or gas call center may be relocated without a hearing before the PSC. Recently there has been brought to the Legislature's attention that the PSC has not had a required public hearing on a possible call center closure. It appears there are some questions as to what constitutes the hearing required by this statute; this legislation will clarify the requirements.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Legislation
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None beyond those required by the original statute.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6619 IN SENATE February 14, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sens. SAVINO, MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Energy and Tele- communications AN ACT to amend the public service law, in relation to public hearing requirements before a gas or electric corporation closes a call center THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 13 of section 65 of the public service law, as added by chapter 330 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows: (b) No gas or electric corporation shall close a call center or other facility providing the customer assistance set forth in paragraph (a) of this subdivision or relocate such customer assistance to another area of New York state or outside of New York state without notice and hearing before the commission. UPON RECEIPT OF THE NOTICE REQUIRED PURSUANT TO THIS PARAGRAPH, THE COMMISSION SHALL PROMPTLY FIX A DATE FOR THE COMMENCEMENT OF A PUBLIC HEARING THEREON NOT LESS THAN TWENTY NOR MORE THAN SIXTY DAYS AFTER SUCH RECEIPT. THE TESTIMONY PRESENTED AT SUCH HEARING MAY BE PRESENTED IN WRITING OR ORALLY, PROVIDED THAT THE COMMIS- SION MAY MAKE RULES DESIGNED TO EXCLUDE REPETITIVE, REDUNDANT OR IRREL- EVANT TESTIMONY. THE COMMISSION SHALL MAKE A RECORD OF ALL TESTIMONY IN ALL CONTESTED HEARINGS. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION "PUBLIC HEARING" MEANS A PUBLIC FORUM AT A PHYSICAL LOCATION, ATTENDED BY COMMISSION MEMBERS OR THEIR DESIGNEES, WHERE ORAL TESTIMONY IS ACCEPTED AND WRITTEN TESTIMONY MAY BE SUBMITTED FOR INCLUSION IN THE RECORD. SUCH FORUM SHALL BE OPEN TO PARTIES TO THE PROCEEDING AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC FOR THE PRESENTATION OF COMMENTS THAT SHALL BE LIMITED TO RELEVANT FACTS DIRECT- LY RELATED TO THE PROCEEDING IN QUESTION. SUCH HEARING SHALL BE COMMENCED UPON PROPER NOTICE TO THE PARTIES TO THE PROCEEDING AND THE PUBLIC AT LEAST FOURTEEN DAYS PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED DATE. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13865-02-4