Diegnan Bill to Require Utilities to Charge Veterans’ Organizations at Residential Rates Advance

2017 DIEGNAN HEADSHOT

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Patrick J. Diegnan that would require a public utility to charge a veterans’ organization a residential rate for service delivered to a property that is primarily used by a veterans’ organization was approved by the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs committee today.

“Charging a veterans’ organization at a residential rate for electricity is a small accommodation for a group representing men and women who have given so much to our nation,” said Senator Diegnan (D-Middlesex). “By passing this bill, we, as a Legislature, are saying we appreciate your service to our country. Many veterans’ organizations are struggling to keep up membership, keep up the maintenance of their posts and pay bills. By doing this small thing, we are lightening that load just a little.”

In 1998, the State of New York barred electric and gas utilities from charging veterans’ organizations for service to their posts and halls rates that are higher than residential rates.

The bill, S-2446, was passed out of committee by a vote of 5-0 and moves to the full Senate for consideration.