Bill Text: NY A02451 | 2017-2018 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Relates to the discontinuation of utility service to residential customers.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 3-0)

Status: (Passed) 2018-08-24 - signed chap.213 [A02451 Detail]

Download: New_York-2017-A02451-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 20, 2017
        Introduced  by M. of A. SIMOTAS, CAHILL -- read once and referred to the
          Committee on Energy
        AN ACT to amend the public service law, in relation to the  discontinua-
          tion of utility service to residential customers
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Section 39 of the public service law is amended by adding a
     2  new subdivision 4 to read as follows:
     3    4. Upon discontinuation of utility service to a residential  customer,
     4  a  gas or electric corporation shall notify such customer of their right
     5  to an actual meter reading. It shall be the right of  every  residential
     6  customer  of  a gas or electric corporation, upon the discontinuation of
     7  utility service, to obtain, upon request, an  actual  meter  reading  by
     8  such  customer's  gas  or electric corporation. A gas or electric corpo-
     9  ration shall provide such a reading within  forty-eight  hours  of  such
    10  request, provided that if circumstances beyond the control of the gas or
    11  electric  corporation  make  an  actual  reading  of the meter extremely
    12  difficult, such corporation shall not be required to provide  an  actual
    13  meter  reading.  A  gas or electric corporation shall not be required to
    14  provide a physical meter reading during a holiday or non-work  day,  but
    15  shall instead provide such meter reading on the next workday.
    16    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.