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Engrossed House Bill (H)

DIGEST

Extension of water and sewer mains. Provides that a "water or wastewater utility" is not limited to an investor owned utility for purposes of the statute that provides that a water or wastewater utility organized as a legal entity after June 30, 2018, is subject to the jurisdiction of the utility regulatory commission (IURC) for a period of ten years from the date of organization as a legal entity. Amends the same statute to provide that a water or wastewater utility that directly or indirectly purchases, acquires, or becomes the owner of any of the property, stock, or bonds of Extension of water and sewer mains. Provides that a "water or wastewater utility" is not limited to an investor owned utility for purposes of the statute that provides that a water or wastewater utility organized as a legal entity after June 30, 2018, is subject to the jurisdiction of the utility regulatory commission (IURC) for a period of ten years from the date of organization as a legal entity. Amends the same statute to provide that a water or wastewater utility that directly or indirectly purchases, acquires, or becomes the owner of any of the property, stock, or bonds of any other utility is subject to the jurisdiction of the IURC for a period of ten years from the date of the purchase or acquisition of the property, stock, or bonds. Provides that with respect to any water main extension or wastewater main extension, a utility shall comply with the IURC's rules governing water main extensions or wastewater main extensions, regardless of whether the utility is subject to the IURC's jurisdiction for the approval of rates and charges. Provides that disputes arising over a water main extension or a wastewater main extension may be submitted as informal complaints to the IURC's consumer affairs division, regardless of whether the person requesting the extension is a customer of the utility involved. Provides that if the IURC determines that it requires additional staff to handle the volume of informal complaints submitted, the IURC may impose a fee on the party against whom a decision is rendered. Provides that the fee may not exceed: (1) the IURC's actual costs in administering the bill's provisions; or (2) $750. ... View more