ASSEMBLY, No. 265

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

213th LEGISLATURE

 

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2008 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman CHARLOTTE VANDERVALK

District 39 (Bergen)

Assemblyman UPENDRA J. CHIVUKULA

District 17 (Middlesex and Somerset)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires certain public utilities to notify an appropriate law enforcement officer of service shutoffs to multi-family housing unit customers or any other residential customers under certain circumstances.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel

  


An Act concerning notice of certain public utility shutoffs and amending P.L.2002, c.107.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.  Section 1 of P.L.2002, c.107 (C.48:2-24.2) is amended to read as follows:

     1.    a.  Any public utility as defined in R.S.48:2-13, which discontinues gas, electric or water service to a multifamily housing unit customer or any other residential customer for safety related purposes, shall provide written or verbal notice of the discontinuance to the chief law enforcement officer of the municipality in which the customer's premises are located or the Superintendent of the State Police, as appropriate, within 12 hours after the utility discontinues service to the customer, except that if service has been fully restored to the customer prior to the expiration of the 12 hours, the utility shall not be required to provide notice pursuant to this subsection.

     For the purposes of this section, "multifamily housing unit customer" means a customer who resides in housing in which three or more units of dwelling space are occupied, or are intended to be occupied, by three or more persons who live independently of one another.

     b.  The notice required by subsection a. of this section shall include the name of the customer and the address of the premises where service was discontinued provided that such information is available to the public utility.

(cf: P.L. 2002, c.107, s.1)

 

     2.    This act shall take effect on the 90th day following enactment.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill requires a gas, electric or water public utility to give written or verbal notice to the chief law enforcement officer or Superintendent of Police serving the municipality in which the premises of a multi-family housing unit customer or any other  residential customer are located within 12 hours after the utility discontinues gas, electric or water service to the premises for safety related purposes.  The requirement for such notice is waived if the utility fully restores service to the customer within 12 hours after the discontinuance.  The notice required shall include the name of the customer and the address of the premises where service was discontinued, provided that such information is available to the utility.

     Under current law, P.L.2002, c.107 (C.48:2-24.2), gas, electric and water public utilities are required to give written or verbal notice to the appropriate law enforcement agency that serves the municipality in which the premises of a customer who resides in a multifamily housing unit are located within 12 hours after the utility discontinues gas, electric or water service to the premises for safety related purposes.