HB1644 (2018) Detail

Prohibiting the combination of certain regulated utilities.


HB 1644 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2018 SESSION

18-2610

10/05

 

HOUSE BILL 1644

 

AN ACT prohibiting the combination of certain regulated utilities.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Cushing, Rock. 21; Rep. Frost, Straf. 16; Rep. Backus, Hills. 19; Rep. Messmer, Rock. 24; Rep. Horrigan, Straf. 6; Rep. Read, Rock. 17; Rep. King, Hills. 33

 

COMMITTEE: Science, Technology and Energy

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill prohibits the combination of a regulated water utility with an electric or gas utility.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

18-2610

10/05

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen

 

AN ACT prohibiting the combination of certain regulated utilities.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  New Section; Combination of Utility Companies.  Amend RSA 363 by inserting after section 3 the following new section:

363:3-a  Combination of Utility Companies.  It is unlawful for a company which is a regulated gas utility or a regulated electric utility to also operate a regulated water company.

2  Reference Added; Evidence of Violation.  Amend RSA 356:4-e, I to read as follows:

I.  A final judgment or decree rendered in any civil or criminal proceeding under this chapter brought by the state, to the effect that a defendant has violated RSA 356:2 [or 3], RSA 356:3, or RSA 356:3-a shall be prima facie evidence against such defendant in any action or proceeding brought by any other party against such defendant under RSA 356:11 as to all matters respecting which the judgment obtained by the state would be an estoppel as between the parties thereto.

3  Exemption by Regulated Agency.  Amend RSA 356:8-a to read as follows:

356:8-a  Exemption for Authorized Activity.  Activities of and arrangements between persons shall be exempt from this chapter if such are permitted, authorized, approved, required, or regulated by a regulatory body acting under a federal or state statutory scheme or otherwise actively supervised by a regulatory agency.  Provided however, the combination of electric utilities as defined by RSA 362:4-a or RSA 362:4-c, or a gas utility as defined by RSA 362:4-b, with a water utility as defined in RSA 362:4, is not in the pubic interest and is  prohibited under this chapter.

4  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2019.

Links

HB1644 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 10, 2018 House Hearing
Feb. 6, 2018 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
Feb. 22, 2018 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1644 Revision: 2267 Date: Nov. 13, 2017, 12:23 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2018 Introduced 01/03/2018 and referred to Science, Technology and Energy HJ 1 P. 18
Jan. 10, 2018 Public Hearing: 01/10/2018 10:00 AM LOB 304
Feb. 6, 2018 Executive Session: 02/06/2018 LOB 304
Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 18-1; CC)
Feb. 22, 2018 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 02/22/2018 (Vote 18-1; CC) HC 7 P. 12
Feb. 22, 2018 Removed from Consent (Rep. Cushing) 02/22/2018 HJ 5 P. 3
Feb. 22, 2018 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 204-109 02/22/2018 HJ 5 P. 52