A01368 Summary:

BILL NOA01368
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORRozic (MS)
 
COSPNSRColton, Rivera, Rosenthal L
 
MLTSPNSRGiglio JM, Lupardo, Peoples-Stokes, Zebrowski
 
Amd §40, Pub Serv L; add §393-f, Gen Bus L
 
Authorizes utility corporations, telegraph and telephone corporations, and cable television corporations to provide notice of bills to third parties at the request of the customer.
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A01368 Actions:

BILL NOA01368
 
01/17/2023referred to corporations, authorities and commissions
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A01368 Committee Votes:

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A01368 Floor Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A01368 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A1368
 
SPONSOR: Rozic (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public service law and the general business law, in relation to third party notification   PURPOSE: To offer utility, phone, cable, and internet residential customers who have difficulty keeping up with their bills the option of having notice of amounts due, collection attempts, and termination of services sent to a trusted third party.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one of the bill amends Section 40 of the public service law to clarify that third party notification programs already required of util- ities must offer notice of amounts due or past due on routine bills and the amounts paid by or on behalf of the customer, as well as collection and termination notices. Section two of the bill amends the general business law by adding a new section 393-f that will require every telegraph and telephone corpo- ration, cable television corporation, cellular phone company, or munici- pality to designate a third party to receive notice of the total amount due or past due on all bills, the amounts of any payments made by or on behalf of the customer, as well as copies of all collection and termi- nation notices. Section three of the bill establishes the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: This legislation will enable customers of utility, phone, cable tele- vision, and internet service providers to designate a relative, friend, or other trusted third party to receive notice of amounts due or past due on routine bills and amounts paid by or on behalf of the customer, as well as any collection or termination notices. Present statutes only apply to traditional utilities and could be interpreted to require third party notification only of collection and termination notices. This bill will expand the requirement, both by adding phone, cable television, internet service providers, and by clarifying that third party notifica- tion programs must offer information about amounts due and payments of routine bills, as well as collection and termination notices. We are all cognizant that many people may have difficulty keeping up with bills - because of age, illness, or other circumstances - even if they are otherwise able to live independently. This legislation will enable people to obtain the regular assistance of a third party in ensuring that such bills are kept up-to-date, thereby enhancing their independence and making it easier for relatives, friends, and caregivers to offer such assistance. In addition, this bill recognizes that the services of utilities, phone companies, and cable and internet providers are increasingly converging. For example, cable companies are often in phone and internet services, and utilities and phone companies are working on broadband networks that can carry television programming. As these services continue to converge, they will be more and more likely to offer packages of services that we view as essential for daily living. In recognition of this convergence, this legislation would ensure that all providers have the same obligation to offer third party billing on the same terms. Finally, service providers might benefit from timelier bill payment if this legislation is enacted. The bill has been amended to place some of the requirements in the general business law rather than the public service law. In addition, because of privacy concerns, a provision of a previous version of the bill that would have required that full copies of bills be sent to a third party has been changed to require only that amounts due, past due, and paid by or on behalf of the customer be sent to the third party, since this information is all that is necessary to assist customers in keeping up with their bills. The State of Connecticut enacted legislation which provides that parents and providers receive 30 days notice if their subsidy will be ending in order to protect families from the financial distress that results when parents lose their subsidies with very little notice. (Connecticut Mirror, June 2, 2010, See HTTP://WWW.CTMIRROR.ORG/STORV/6266/CARE-4-KIDS). New York must protect its families as well.   FISCAL IMPACT ON THE STATE: None   FISCAL IMPACT ON LOCALITIES: None, except to the extent they may function as utilities.   IMPACT ON REGULATION OF BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS: Affected. Service providers would be required to permit third party notifications.   IMPACT ON FINES, IMPRISONMENT. FORFEITURE OF RIGHTS, OR OTHER PENAL SANCTIONS: None.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2022: A422 (Rozic) - Corporations, Authorities & Commissions 2021: A422 (Rozic) - Corporations, Authorities & Commissions 2020: A3743 (Rozic) - Corporations, Authorities & Commissions 2019: A3743 (Rozic) - Corporations, Authorities & Commissions 2018: A9696 (Rozic) - Corporations, Authorities & Commissions 2017: A04355 (Kavanagh) Corporations, Authorities and Commissions 2016: A05794 (Kavanagh) Corporations, Authorities and Commissions 2015: A05794 (Kavanagh) Corporations, Authorities and Commissions 2014: A03907 (Kavanagh) - Corporations, Authorities and Commissions 2013: A03907 (Kavanagh) - Corporations, Authorities and Commissions 2012: A03693 (Kavanagh) - Third Reading 2011: A03693 (Kavanagh) - Third Reading 2010: A00509 (Kavanagh) - Passed Assembly 2009: A00509 (Kavanagh) - Passed Assembly   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.
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A01368 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          1368
 
                               2023-2024 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 17, 2023
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A. ROZIC, COLTON, RIVERA, L. ROSENTHAL -- Multi-
          Sponsored by -- M.    of  A.  J. M. GIGLIO,  LUPARDO,  PEOPLES-STOKES,
          ZEBROWSKI  -- read once and referred to the Committee on Corporations,
          Authorities and Commissions
 
        AN ACT to amend the public service law and the general business law,  in
          relation to third party notification
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Section 40 of the public service law, as amended by chapter
     2  631 of the laws of 1992, is amended to read as follows:
     3    § 40. Voluntary third-party [notice prior to termination  of  service]
     4  notification.  1. Every utility corporation or municipality shall permit
     5  a  residential  customer to designate a third-party to receive notice of
     6  the total amount due or past due  on  all  bills,  the  amounts  of  any
     7  payments  paid  by or on behalf of such residential customer, and copies
     8  of all notices relating to  termination  of  service  [or]  and  notices
     9  relating to collection of amounts due sent to such residential customer,
    10  provided that the designated third-party indicates in writing a willing-
    11  ness to receive such notices.
    12    2.  Every utility corporation or municipality shall permit a landlord,
    13  upon written request of both the landlord and  tenant,  to  designate  a
    14  third-party to be notified of all requests for discontinuance of service
    15  to units owned by such landlord.
    16    § 2. The general business law is amended by adding a new section 393-f
    17  to read as follows:
    18    §  393-f.  Voluntary  third-party  notification. 1. Every telegraph or
    19  telephone corporation,  cable  television  corporation,  cellular  phone
    20  company,  or  municipality shall permit a residential customer to desig-
    21  nate a third-party to receive notice of the total amount due or past due
    22  on all bills, the amounts of any payments paid by or on behalf  of  such
    23  residential  customer, and copies of all notices relating to termination
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD00459-01-3

        A. 1368                             2
 
     1  of service and notices relating to collection of  amounts  due  sent  to
     2  such  residential  customer,  provided  that  the designated third-party
     3  indicates in writing a willingness to receive such notices.
     4    2.  Every  telegraph or telephone corporation, cable television corpo-
     5  ration, cellular phone company, or municipality shall permit a landlord,
     6  upon written request of both the landlord and  tenant,  to  designate  a
     7  third-party to be notified of all requests for discontinuance of service
     8  to units owned by such landlord.
     9    §  3.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
    10  have become a law.
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A01368 LFIN:

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