House Bill No. 6331
               House Bill No. 6331

               PUBLIC ACT NO. 97-9


AN  ACT  ALLOWING  TERMINATION  OF  NONRESIDENTIAL
UTILITY SERVICE ON FRIDAYS.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  1.  Subsection (a) of section 16-262c
of  the  general  statutes  is  repealed  and  the
following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  Notwithstanding  any  other  provision of
the general statutes no electric,  gas,  telephone
or   water   company   and  no  municipal  utility
furnishing  electric,  gas,  telephone  or   water
service  shall cause cessation of any such service
by reason  of  delinquency  in  payment  for  such
service (1) on any Friday, Saturday, Sunday, legal
holiday or day before any legal holiday,  provided
[prior  to  July  1,  1997,]  such  a  company  or
municipal utility  may  cause  cessation  of  such
service  to  a  nonresidential account on a Friday
which is not a legal holiday or the day  before  a
legal  holiday  when  the  business offices of the
company or  municipal  utility  are  open  to  the
public  the  succeeding  Saturday, (2) at any time
during which the business offices of said  company
or  municipal  utility are not open to the public,
or (3) within one hour before the closing  of  the
business  offices  of  said  company  or municipal
utility.
    Sec.  2.  This  act  shall take effect July 1,
1997.

Approved April 18, 1997