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Senate Bill 0317


Senate Bill 0317

ARCHIVE (2001)

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DIGEST OF SB317 (Updated April 12, 2001 5:36 PM - DI 84)


Regulatory flexibility committee. Provides that when a customer of a public or municipally owned electric utility installs or upgrades electric service, the utility must supply the customer with a meter base if the meter base: (1) is necessary for the installation or upgrade; and (2) has not already been supplied by the customer. Prohibits a utility from requiring a customer, or a contractor or subcontractor hired by the customer, to obtain a meter from an outside supplier or vendor. Provides that, except in the case of rural electric membership corporations and certain nonprofit corporations, the following transactions require approval by the Indiana utility regulatory commission (IURC) after a hearing: (1) The reorganization of a public utility. (2) A transaction in which a public utility acquires control of a public utility, an out-of-state utility company, or a holding company. (3) A transaction in which a person acquires control of a public utility or the holding company of a public utility. (4) A transaction in which a holding company that controls at least one public utility acquires control of an out-of-state utility company. Requires that the commissioner issue an order within 150 days after a petition is filed. Requires the speaker of the house, after selecting the standing committee of the house whose members will be members of the regulatory flexibility committee, to select a member of the standing committee or a member of the house of representatives who is not a member of the standing committee to be co-chair of the regulatory flexibility committee. Requires the president pro tempore of the senate, after selecting the standing committee of the senate whose members will be members of the regulatory flexibility committee, to select a member of the standing committee or a member of the senate who is not a member of the standing committee to be co- chair of the regulatory flexibility committee. Specifies that gas utility issues are part of the jurisdiction of the regulatory flexibility committee. Defines the term "merchant power plant". Establishes the criteria the IURC must consider when considering a merchant power plant application, including preferred siting locations. Lists the duties of the merchant power plant following approval by the IURC. Establishes the utility worker skills and standards committee. Provides that the committee consists of the following members: (1) The utility consumer counselor, who serves as chair and an ex officio, non voting member. (2) Five members appointed by the governor and representing different types of electric utilities. (3) Five members appointed by the governor and representing various employee organizations. Requires the committee to adopt rules establishing skill and training standards for employees who operate or maintain electric utilities. Requires any proposed standards or qualifications to be approved by a simple majority of the voting committee members. Provides that any proposed standards or qualifications not agreed to by a simple majority of committee members shall be submitted to the chair for a final decision. Prohibits the chair from creating any new standards or approving any standards not proposed by the voting members. Requires the committee to meet at least annually to review of the effectiveness of the rules and consider whether any additions or amendments to the rules are necessary. Requires the committee to adopt the initial set of rules not later than January 1, 2003. Provides that the IURC may decline to exercise jurisdiction over a facility that has applied to the IURC before March 1, 2001. Specifies that the IURC has jurisdiction over a merchant power plant that has made a significant alteration in the labor used to construct or remodel the facility. Requires a merchant power plant to provide proof of financial responsibility. Sets various deadlines following the filing of a petition by a merchant power plant. Requires the IURC to hold a hearing before issuing a certificate of public convenience and necessity to a merchant power plant. Requires the IURC to obtain a recommendation from the department of natural resources before approving a merchant power plant. Provides that a lift station that is part of a sanitary sewer system may not be built within 1,000 feet of certain bodies of water.
    Current Status:
     Returned to House of origin with Amendments
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