Substitute Senate Bill No. 324

Public Act No. 00-41

An Act Concerning Reporting Delinquent Utility Bills To Credit Bureaus.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Subsection (g) of section 16-262d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(g) No electric distribution, gas, telephone or water [public service] company, [and no] certified telecommunications provider, gas registrant or municipal utility furnishing electric, gas or water service shall submit to a credit rating agency, as defined in section 36a-695, any information about a residential customer's nonpayment for electric, gas, telephone, telecommunications or water service unless the customer is more than sixty days delinquent in paying for such service. In no event shall such a company, certified telecommunications provider, gas registrant or municipal utility submit to a credit rating agency any information about a residential customer's nonpayment for such service if the customer has initiated a complaint, investigation hearing or appeal with regard to such service under subsection (c) of this section that is pending before the department. If such a company, certified telecommunications provider, gas registrant or municipal utility intends to submit to a credit rating agency information about a customer's nonpayment for service, it shall, at least thirty days before submitting such information, send the customer by first class mail notification that includes the statement, "AS AUTHORIZED BY LAW, FOR RESIDENTIAL ACCOUNTS, WE SUPPLY PAYMENT INFORMATION TO CREDIT RATING AGENCIES. IF YOUR ACCOUNT IS MORE THAN SIXTY DAYS DELINQUENT, THE DELINQUENCY REPORT COULD HARM YOUR CREDIT RATING".

Approved May 3, 2000