Bill Text: NY S02355 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Directs the department of state and the public service commission to study and report upon the prevalence of the disclosure by public utilities, cable television companies and cellular telephone service providers to credit reporting agencies of late payments and defaults in payment of fees and charges by consumers.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-02-12 - referred to consumer affairs and protection [S02355 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S02355-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
                                          2355
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    January 24, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-
          cations
        AN  ACT to direct the department of state and the public service commis-
          sion to jointly study and report upon the provision to consumer credit
          reporting agencies  by  public  utility  companies,  cable  television
          companies  and  cellular telephone service suppliers of information on
          late payments of or default on any fees or charges incurred by consum-
          ers; and providing for the repeal of such provisions  upon  expiration
          thereof
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1.  The department of state and the public service  commission
     2  shall  jointly examine, evaluate and make recommendations concerning the
     3  prevalence of reporting, disclosure and otherwise  making  available  to
     4  any  consumer  credit reporting agency, as defined in subdivision (k) of
     5  section 380-a of the general business law, by any public utility company
     6  as defined in subdivision 23 of section 2 of the public service law, any
     7  municipality engaged in providing any public utility,  any  cable  tele-
     8  vision  company as defined in subdivision 1 of section 212 of the public
     9  service law, any wireless communications service supplier as defined  in
    10  subdivision  12  of section 301 of the county law, the Long Island power
    11  authority or the power authority of the state of New York, any  informa-
    12  tion  relating  to  the late payment of or default on the payment of any
    13  charges or fees by consumers for the provision of any public utility  or
    14  other services or goods. The department and commission shall study, with
    15  particular  care, the practice of reporting consumer payment information
    16  by the above entities to consumer credit  reporting  agencies  and  make
    17  recommendations  on the regulatory and statutory provisions necessary to
    18  protect consumers in this area.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD06942-01-9

        S. 2355                             2
     1    § 2. The department of state and the public service  commission  shall
     2  hold  joint  public  hearings  throughout  the  state for the purpose of
     3  conducting their duties pursuant to section one of this act.
     4    §  3.  On or before December 31, 2019, the department of state and the
     5  public service commission shall submit a joint report of their findings,
     6  conclusions and recommendations to the governor and the legislature, and
     7  shall submit with such report such regulatory and legislative  proposals
     8  as they deem necessary to implement their recommendations.
     9    §  4.  This  act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be
    10  deemed repealed January 1, 2021.
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