Thursday, March 25, 2010

Bill to Provide for the Notification of Impending Emergencies by Electric Corporations to Affected Communities

This is another community notification bill in the legislative works now. Senate Bill S5057A (Perkins) and Assembly Bill A4482A.

S5057A Summary
Provides for the notification of impending emergencies by electric corporations to affected community through outreach to all media and community officials.

Act: AN ACT to amend the public service law, in relation to providing for the notification of impending emergencies by electric corporations


S5057A Memo
BILL NUMBER: S5057A

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the public service law, in relation to providing for the notification of impending emergencies by electric corporations


PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL :
This bill provides notification of impending emergencies by electrical utility corporations to affected communities.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS :
This bill would mandate all electrical utility corporations to notify all media and community officials and request publication of any impending utility emergency to the affected community. The public service commissioner, with the attorney general, is hereby authorized and directed to promulgate rules and regulations necessary to enforce the provisions of section 1. All electrical utility corporations in New York State shall comply with the rules and regulations prescribed by this act.

JUSTIFICATION :
During the recent power outage in New York City, Con Edison failed to notify customers of the impending blackout, which occurred on July 6, 1999, nor were any efforts made to reach a broad number of people through the media. This bill, when enacted would require the utility corporations to do so in the future.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
2001/02: A.7085, 2003/04: A.5268, 2005/06: A.4104 2007/08; A.4578
Referred to Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect immediately.

S5057A Text

S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
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5057--A

2009-2010 Regular Sessions

I N S E N A T E

April 27, 2009
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Introduced by Sen. PERKINS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the public service law, in relation to providing for the notification of impending emergencies by electric corporations

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

1    Section  1.  The public service law is amended by adding a new section
2  54 to read as follows:
3    S 54. NOTIFICATION OF IMPENDING EMERGENCIES. 1. EVERY ELECTRIC  CORPO-
4  RATION  SHALL NOTIFY ALL MEDIA AND COMMUNITY OFFICIALS AND SHALL REQUEST
5  PUBLICATION OF  ANY  IMPENDING  UTILITY  EMERGENCY  TO  ALL  COMMUNITIES
6  AFFECTED.
7    2.  (A)  THE  COMMISSIONER,  IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL,
8  SHALL  PROMULGATE  RULES  AND  REGULATIONS  NECESSARY  TO  ENFORCE   THE
9  PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION.
10    (B)  SUCH  RULES  AND  REGULATIONS SHALL INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO
11  ESTABLISHING PROTOCOLS WHICH ADDRESS THE MAGNITUDE AND SEVERITY  OF  THE
12  IMPENDING EMERGENCY.
13    S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.



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

LBD07542-04-9

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