DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
IURC and OUCC functions. Provides that the utility regulatory commission (IURC) and the office of utility consumer counselor (OUCC): (1) are independent agencies in the executive branch of state government; (2) exercise essential public functions; and (3) are not subject to oversight by the office of management and budget, the budget agency, or the state personnel department. Specifies that the expenses of the IURC and the OUCC are funded by regulated utilities doing business in Indiana. Provides that the funds, accounts, and financial affairs of the IURC and the OUCC shall be examined biennially by the state board of accounts. Provides that the IURC and the OUCC are subject to: (1) the rules and jurisdiction of the state ethics commission; (2) the open door law; and (3) the public records law. Provides that the IURC and the OUCC are not subject to state laws governing public purchasing. Allows the IURC and the OUCC to enter into contracts without obtaining the approval of: (1) the commissioner of the department of administration; (2) the director of the budget agency; or (3) the attorney general. Allows the IURC and the OUCC to employ and fix the compensation of necessary professionals without the approval of the governor and the budget agency.