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  • NJ A3130
  • Increases penalties for energy "slamming" practices.
Introduced
(2/22/2016)
In Committee
(1/30/2017)
Crossed Over
(1/23/2017)
PassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill increases civil penalties for energy "slamming" practices from $10,000 for the first offense, and not more than $25,000 for the second and each subsequent offense, to $20,000 for the first offense, and not more than $50,000 for the second and each subsequent offense. Energy "slamming" is a practice that involves changing consumers' electric power or gas supplier without their knowledge or consent. This bill addresses growing concerns over certain third-party energy suppliers engaged in slamming practices. In the past year, certain third-party energy suppliers took advantage of an unusually cold winter to change consumers' energy suppliers without their knowledge or consent. A number of consumers complained of these unauthorized changes which resulted in skyrocketing energy utility bills. This bill doubles the civil penalties for slamming practices to discourage any third-party energy supplier from taking advantage of consumers in the future.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Economic Growth, Passed Assembly, Telecommunications and Utilities
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Economic Growth Committee  (on 1/30/2017)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
1/30/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Economic Growth Committee
1/23/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (69-0-0)
1/12/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
1/12/2017 Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Hearing (10:00 1/12/2017 Committtee Room 9, 3rd Floor)
2/22/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 1/23/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 69 0 11
Detail 1/12/2017 Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee: Reported Favorably 8 0 0