Bill Text: NJ A1683 | 2018-2019 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Increases penalties for energy "slamming" practices.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Republican 15-8)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-02-07 - Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading [A1683 Detail]

Download: New_Jersey-2018-A1683-Introduced.html

ASSEMBLY, No. 1683

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

218th LEGISLATURE

 

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2018 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  RONALD S. DANCER

District 12 (Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean)

Assemblyman  DANIEL R. BENSON

District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)

Assemblyman  ERIC HOUGHTALING

District 11 (Monmouth)

Assemblywoman  AMY H. HANDLIN

District 13 (Monmouth)

Assemblyman  PAUL D. MORIARTY

District 4 (Camden and Gloucester)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblywomen Pinkin, Downey, Assemblymen Gusciora, Johnson, Clifton, Auth, Webber, Assemblywoman N.Munoz, Assemblymen A.M.Bucco, Rooney, DiMaio, Peterson, Wolfe, Assemblywomen Muoio, B.DeCroce, Schepisi and Assemblyman S.Kean

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Increases penalties for energy "slamming" practices.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel.

  


An Act concerning penalties for energy "slamming" practices and amending P.L.1999, c.23.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    Section 34 of P.L.1999, c.23 (C.48:3-83) is amended to read as follows:

     34.  Any person who violates any provision of [this act] P.L.1999, c.23 (C.48:3-49 et al.) shall be liable for a civil penalty of not more than $5,000 for the first offense, except for a violation of section 37 of [this act] P.L.1999, c.23 (C.48:3-86), for which a person shall be liable for a civil penalty of not more than [$10,000] $20,000 for the first offense, and not more than [$25,000] $50,000 for the second and each subsequent offense, for each day that the violation continues.  Any civil penalty which may be imposed pursuant to this section may be compromised by the board.  In determining the amount of the penalty, or the amount agreed upon in compromise, the board shall consider:  the nature, circumstances, and gravity of the violation; the degree of the violator's culpability; any history of prior violations; the prospective effect of the penalty on the ability of the violator to conduct business; any good faith effort on the part of the violator in attempting to achieve compliance; the violator's ability to pay the penalty; and other factors the board determines to be appropriate.  The amount of the penalty when finally determined, or the amount agreed upon in compromise, may be deducted from any sums [owing] owed by the State to the person charged, or may be recovered, if necessary, in a summary proceeding pursuant to ["the penalty enforcement law," N.J.S.2A:58-1 et seq.] the "Penalty Enforcement Law of 1999," P.L.1999, c.274 (C.2A:58-10 et seq.).

     The Superior Court shall have jurisdiction to enforce the provisions of ["the penalty enforcement law"] the "Penalty Enforcement Law of 1999," P.L.1999, c.274 (C.2A:58-10 et seq.) in connection with [this act] P.L.1999, c.23 (C.48:3-49 et al.).

(cf: P.L.1999, c.23, s.34)

 

     2.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill increases civil penalties for energy "slamming" practices from $10,000 for the first offense, and not more than
$25,000 for the second and each subsequent offense, to $20,000 for the first offense, and not more than $50,000 for the second and each subsequent offense.  Energy "slamming" is a practice that involves changing consumers' electric power or gas supplier without their knowledge or consent.

     This bill addresses growing concerns over certain third-party energy suppliers engaged in slamming practices.

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