Bill Text: NY A01784 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Requires that the public service commission provide notice to local United States congressional members, state senators, state assembly members, and municipal elected officials for any hearing related to a water rate increase.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-1)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-01-17 - referred to corporations, authorities and commissions [A01784 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A01784-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 17, 2019
        Introduced  by  M.  of A. LAVINE, MONTESANO -- read once and referred to
          the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions
        AN ACT to amend the public service law, in relation to providing  notice
          to  local  elected  officials  for any hearing related to a water rate
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  Paragraph  (f)  of  subdivision 10 of section 89-c of the
     2  public service law, as amended by chapter 154 of the laws  of  1989,  is
     3  amended to read as follows:
     4    (f)  Whenever  there  shall be filed with the commission by any water-
     5  works corporation any schedule stating a new  rate  or  charge,  or  any
     6  change  in  any  form of contract or agreement or any rule or regulation
     7  relating to any rate, charge or service, or in any general privilege  or
     8  facility,  the  commission  may,  at any time within sixty days from the
     9  date when such schedule would  or  has  become  effective,  either  upon
    10  complaint  or  upon  its  own  initiative, and, if it so orders, without
    11  answer or other formal pleading by the interested corporation, but  upon
    12  reasonable  notice,  hold a hearing concerning the propriety of a change
    13  proposed by the filing. If such change is a major change, the commission
    14  shall hold such a hearing. The commission  shall  give  notice  of  such
    15  hearing  to the local United States congressional representatives, state
    16  senators, state assembly members, and municipal elected officials. Pend-
    17  ing such hearing and decision thereon, the commission, upon filing  with
    18  such  schedule  and  delivering  to  the  corporation affected thereby a
    19  statement in writing of its reasons therefor, may suspend the  operation
    20  of such schedule, but not for a longer period than one hundred and twen-
    21  ty  days beyond the time when it would otherwise go into effect. After a
    22  full hearing, whether completed before or after the schedule  goes  into
    23  effect, the commission may make such order in reference thereto as would
    24  be proper in a proceeding begun after the rate, charge, form of contract
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  or  agreement,  rule, regulation, service, general privilege or facility
     2  had become effective. If any such hearing cannot be concluded within the
     3  period of suspension as above stated,  the  commission  may  extend  the
     4  suspension for a further period not exceeding six months.
     5    §  2.  This  act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall
     6  have become a law.