HB1396 (2020) Detail

Relative to notice required for the termination of service of a public utility.


HB 1396 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2020 SESSION

20-2132

10/06

 

HOUSE BILL 1396

 

AN ACT relative to notice required for the termination of service of a public utility.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Ulery, Hills. 37

 

COMMITTEE: Science, Technology and Energy

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill modifies the notice requirements for the termination of a customer's service provided by a public electric, gas, water, telephone, or other utility.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

20-2132

10/06

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT relative to notice required for the termination of service of a public utility.

 

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

 

1  Procedures for Termination of Certain Utility Services; Notice Required.  Amend RSA 363-B:1, I to read as follows:

I.  No public [gas or electric] utility, as defined in RSA 362:2, shall terminate any residential service without good cause and without providing the customer at least [10] 14 days' written notice of the utility company's intent to terminate service.  The notification shall be sent by [regular] verified mail, as defined RSA 21:53, [or] posted on the customer's door in a solid envelope marked confidential and endorsed with the customer's name, as described in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 U.S.C. 1692 et seq., or shall be delivered in person by hand, and shall inform the customer of the proposed date of termination, the reason for termination, and the provision in RSA 363-B:2 for questioning or contesting the reason for termination.  No message of debt or termination of service shall be left on a telephone or cellular phone recording device.  No discussion of debt shall be allowed to a third party as defined by the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, other than to a state agency contacted by the customer.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2021.

Links

HB1396 at GenCourtMobile
HB1396 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 15, 2020 House Hearing
Feb. 5, 2020 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 11, 2020 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1396 Revision: 7024 Date: Dec. 2, 2019, 3:48 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Science, Technology and Energy HJ 1 P. 20
Jan. 15, 2020 Public Hearing: 01/15/2020 10:30 am LOB 304
Feb. 5, 2020 Executive Session: 02/05/2020 10:00 am LOB 304
March 11, 2020 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 03/11/2020 (Vote 18-1; CC) HC 10 P. 29
Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 18-1; CC)
March 11, 2020 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 03/11/2020 HJ 7 P. 62