Relates to public hearing requirements before a gas or electric corporation closes a call center.
Ayes (60): Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Absent (1): Sampson
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
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 not less than 60 days of receipt by the PSC of the notice to relocate and defines what constitutes a public hearing and requires 30 days notice to public and affected parties prior to the scheduled hearing date.
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.
None beyond those required by the original statute.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6619--A Cal. No. 188 IN SENATE February 14, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sens. SAVINO, MAZIARZ, ADDABBO, MARTINS, TKACZYK -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Energy and Telecommunications -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading 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 PROVIDE NOTICE OF THE PROCEEDING TO INTERESTED PARTIES AND THE PUBLIC; AND SHALL PROMPTLY FIX A DATE FOR THE COMMENCEMENT OF A PUBLIC HEARING THEREON NOT LESS THAN SIXTY DAYS AFTER SUCH RECEIPT. THE TESTIMONY PRESENTED AT SUCH HEARING MAY BE PRESENTED IN WRITING OR ORALLY, PROVIDED THAT THE COMMISSION MAY MAKE RULES DESIGNED TO EXCLUDE REPETITIVE, REDUNDANT OR IRRELEVANT TESTIMONY WHILE GIVING ALL INTERESTED PARTIES THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT THEIR DOCUMEN- TARY AND/OR TESTIMONIAL EVIDENCE. 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 DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE PROCEEDING IN QUESTION. SUCH HEARING SHALL BE COMMENCED UPON PROPER NOTICE TO THE PARTIES TO THEEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13865-03-4 S. 6619--A 2
PROCEEDING AND THE PUBLIC AT LEAST THIRTY DAYS PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED DATE. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.