HB504 (2017) Detail

Relative to third party charges on utility bills.


HB 504 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2017 SESSION

17-0509

06/09

 

HOUSE BILL 504

 

AN ACT relative to third party charges on utility bills.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Lewicke, Hills. 26; Rep. Carr, Hills. 26; Rep. McConnell, Ches. 12

 

COMMITTEE: Science, Technology and Energy

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill prohibits a regulated utility from terminating the service of a customer who fails to pay any charge or fee to a third party.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

17-0509

06/09

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT relative to third party charges on utility bills.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  New Section; Public Utilities Rates and Charges; Third Party Charges.  Amend RSA 378 by inserting after section 44 the following new section:

378:44-a  Third Party Charges.  Only charges for delivered services and statutory taxes may be included on bills to consumers by regulated utilities.  Service shall not be terminated or curtailed for failure by a consumer to pay any charge or fee to a third party.  Requests for payment by third parties may be included with utility bills on a separate page either in paper form, electronically, or otherwise, and shall be clearly and prominently labeled as "Third Party Charge, payment is not mandatory, nor is continued service contingent on payment."

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

Links

HB504 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 25, 2017 House Hearing
Jan. 31, 2017 House Hearing
Feb. 8, 2017 House Exec Session
March 8, 2017 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB504 Revision: 648 Date: Jan. 26, 2017, 3:53 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 5, 2017 Introduced 01/05/2017 and referred to Science, Technology and Energy HJ 3 P. 16
Jan. 25, 2017 ==RECESSED== Public Hearing: 01/25/2017 10:00 AM LOB 301-303
Jan. 31, 2017 ==CONTINUED== Public Hearing: 01/31/2017 01:00 PM LOB 304
Feb. 8, 2017 Subcommittee Work Session: 02/08/2017 09:30 AM LOB 304
Feb. 8, 2017 Executive Session: 02/08/2017 02:00 PM LOB 304
March 8, 2017 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 03/08/2017 (Vote 19-0; CC)
March 8, 2017 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 03/08/2017 HJ 9 P. 47