DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Gas utility connection charges and deposits. Provides that the amount charged by a natural gas utility to connect or reconnect utility service may not exceed the utility's actual connection or reconnection costs. Permits a utility to require a deposit before connecting or reconnecting service. Provides that the amount of the deposit may not exceed: (1) one-twelfth of the estimated annual cost of the utility service to be provided to an applicant or a customer; or (2) if the applicant or customer has contracted for a budget billing plan, the equivalent of one budget billing payment. Provides that certain rules adopted by the utility regulatory commission (IURC) are void to the extent they conflict with the requirements for: (1) connection or reconnection charges; and (2) deposits. Directs the IURC to amend existing rules to comply with the requirements.