Bill Text: NY A08806 | 2021-2022 | General Assembly | Introduced

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Bill Title: Permits the rendering of an estimated bill from a utility corporation or municipality under certain circumstances; directs the public service commission to create a model procedure for the calculation of estimated bills which shall be used by municipalities and utility corporations.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 3-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2022-03-14 - print number 8806a [A08806 Detail]

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                STATE OF NEW YORK


                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                    January 12, 2022

        Introduced by M. of A. JACOBSON -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions

        AN  ACT  to  amend the public service law, in relation to permitting the
          rendering of an estimated bill from a utility corporation  or  munici-
          pality under certain circumstances

          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 39 of the public service  law,  as
     2  amended  by chapter 686 of the laws of 2002, is amended and a new subdi-
     3  vision 1-a is added to read as follows:
     4    1. A utility corporation or municipality may, in accordance with  such
     5  requirements as the commission may impose by regulation, render an esti-
     6  mated  bill  for  any  billing period if: (a) the procedure used by such
     7  utility  or  municipality  for  calculating  estimated  bills  has  been
     8  approved  by  the  commission, and the bill clearly indicates that it is
     9  based on an estimated reading and (b) the utility owning the  meter  and
    10  providing  the  meter  reading  data on which the estimated bill will be
    11  based or the municipality has made reasonable effort to obtain an actual
    12  meter reading or (c) circumstances beyond the control of the utility  or
    13  municipality  made an actual reading of the meter extremely difficult or
    14  (d) circumstances indicate a reported reading is likely to be erroneous,
    15  or (e) an estimated reading is prescribed or authorized by  the  commis-
    16  sion for a billing period between periods when actual meter readings are
    17  scheduled  or for seasonal or short term customers, or (f) the aforemen-
    18  tioned commission approved estimation procedure can  only  be  used  for
    19  three billing cycles in a calendar year.
    20    1-a. The commission shall review all procedures used by utility corpo-
    21  rations  and  municipalities in this state to calculate estimated bills,
    22  and shall create and distribute to such utility corporations and munici-
    23  palities a model procedure for the calculation of such estimated  bills.
    24  Upon  receipt  of  such model procedure for the calculation of estimated
    25  bills, a utility corporation or municipality shall use such model proce-
    26  dure for the calculation of all estimated bills estimated on  and  after
    27  such receipt.  On or before November first, two thousand twenty-two, the

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  public  service commission shall issue an order creating a new procedure
     2  for the calculation of such estimated bills and a utility corporation or
     3  municipality shall adopt such procedure immediately.
     4    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.