PASSED: Assemblyman Santabarbara’s Bill to Ensure Families Have Access to Propane to Heat Their Homes During Emergencies

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara announced passage of a bill he authored that will allow residents who use propane to heat their homes to receive emergency deliveries from any supplier during times of an emergency, urgent need and periods of high demand, regardless of customer status (A.1451-A).

“Those who rely on propane to heat their homes, unfortunately, have been met with delayed or missed deliveries during some of the coldest winter months – sometimes weeks for a scheduled delivery to arrive,” said Santabarbara. “When temperatures drop dangerously low, these propane deliveries are crucial for local families. This bill will ensure they don’t have to rely on a single company during times of emergency.”

Santabarbara first introduced the bill after a spike in delayed and missed deliveries that left local residents without heat. Customers who lease propane tanks are limited to using a single supplier when re-ordering fuel. However, during periods of high demand or during severe storms or other catastrophic events, these customers can find themselves at the mercy of their provider’s schedule. This legislation would allow any these homeowners to re-order from an alternate supplier when their contracted suppliers cannot meet their request for a gas delivery during times of emergency.

“No one deserves to be left in the cold because their propane supplier was unable to make a delivery, especially when there are companies that provide emergency propane services,” said Santabarbara. “By allowing all homeowners who use propane to receive emergency deliveries from an alternate supplier we can help ensure that bureaucratic red tape doesn’t prevent local families from staying warm. I’ll continue pushing to get this commonsense legislation on the Governor’s desk and signed into law.”

Santabarbara’s bill would also:

  • require the emergency propane providers to complete safety inspections and testing before refilling the tank;
  • prohibit additional fees or penalties for this service; and
  • require the state Department of Agriculture and Markets and Attorney General’s office to create a propane consumer bill of rights.