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A00582 Summary:

BILL NOA00582
 
SAME ASSAME AS S05429
 
SPONSORPerry (MS)
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSRColton, Weprin
 
 
Prohibits the NYC water board from enacting any rules and regulations less favorable to the consumer, including timeframes for appeals and receiving refunds.
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A00582 Actions:

BILL NOA00582
 
01/06/2021referred to cities
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A00582 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A582
 
SPONSOR: Perry (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act relating to prohibiting the New York city water board from adopt- ing any rules and regulations less favorable to the consumer   PURPOSE: To address consumer issues with the New York City Water Board.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one of the bill prohibits the New York City Water Board from adopting rules and regulations that reduce the timeframe for consumers to appeal bills, receive refunds, or would otherwise be less favorable to the consumer. This section also requires the New York City Water Board to provide refunds for up to six years when back bill errors are discovered in favor of the consumer. Section two of the bill provides the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: The NYC water board proposed to drastically reduce the period during which billing complaints must be registered from the current practice of six years to eighteen months. In doing so, the water board is proposing to break with a long standing utility industry standard practiced throughout the U.S. and by the New York State Public Service Commission. According to the NYC Public Advocate's office, this eighteen month proposal would harm businesses as well as private residential consumers. The public advocate reports that although the water board has made some improvements, commercial users still report numerous billing errors from misread meters. Residential customers also report continued problems resulting in overbilling and overpayments, which are usually discovered beyond the proposed eighteen month limit. The eighteen month time limit would deny customers their right to refunds for over payment resulting from the water board's errors.This bill will restrict the water board's authority to promulgate such rules that reduce consumer's rights and will preserve and protect existing fair and equitable billing standards for NYC residents whose interest the water board should serve.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2019-2020: A.93/S.2276 - Referred to Cities / Corporations, Authorities and Commissions 2017-2018: A.351/S.2276 - Referred to Ways and Means / Corporations, Authorities and Commissions 2015-2016: A.6400/S.2635 -Referred to Ways and Means / Corporations, Authorities and Commissions 2014: A.4338/S.2697 - Referred to Ways and Means / Corporations, Author- ities and Commissions 2013: A.4338/S.2697 - Referred Cities /Corporations, Authorities and Commissions 2011-2012: A.3055/S.1182 Referred to Ways and Means/ Corporations Authorities and Commissions 2010: A.3374/S.2284 - Referred Cities/ Corporations, Authorities and Commissions 2009: A.3374/S.2284 - Referred to Ways and Means / Corporations, Author- ities and Commissions 2007-2008: A.3972/S.1980 Referred to Ways and Means/ Corporations, Authorities and Commissions 2005-2006: A.3440 - Referred to Ways and Means/ Corporations, Authori- ties and Commissions 2004: A.5141/S.4279 Referred to Ways and Means/ Corporations, Authori- ties and Commissions 2003: A.5141/S.4279 - Referred Cites/ Corportions, Authorities and Commissions 2001-2002: A.3881 - Referred to Cities 1999-2000: A.8510 - Referred to Cities   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
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A00582 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                           582
 
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                       (Prefiled)
 
                                     January 6, 2021
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M. of A. PERRY -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. COLTON,
          WEPRIN -- read once and referred to the Committee on Cities
 
        AN ACT relating to prohibiting the New York city water board from adopt-
          ing any rules and regulations less favorable to the consumer

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Notwithstanding any rule or regulation by any local govern-
     2  ment,  the  New York city water board is hereby prohibited from adopting
     3  any rules or regulations that reduce  the  timeframe  for  consumers  to
     4  appeal  bills  or receive refunds or are otherwise less favorable to the
     5  consumer and where backbilling errors are discovered  in  favor  of  the
     6  consumer,  the  New  York  city  water board shall provide for and order
     7  refunds up to six years.
     8    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
 
 
 
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD04439-01-1
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