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SB 232, 68th Regular Session
Relating to the regulation of utilities and to the continuation of the Public Utility Commission of Texas and to its powers and duties, administration, staff, and funding; relating to the qualifications, powers and duties, and activities of the commission members and employees and personnel during and after the term of service or employment; prohibiting employment of former commission employees under certain circumstances; establishing the Office of Public Utility Counsel and prescribing its powers and duties; providing for a public utility counsel or counsellor and prescribing his or her qualifications, powers, and duties; requiring audits; requiring certain reports and forecasts by utilities and the commission; providing rules and considerations for approval of building new facilities and for fixing or regulating rates to be allowed or changed by utilities; providing for hearings; relating to ratemaking procedures by municipalities and appeals; providing for judicial review of proceedings of the utility commission; adding special policy and provisions as to the authority and power of the commission over telecommunications utilities; reenacting the Public Utility Regulatory Act, as amended; removing the railroad commission and regulation of gas utilities from the coverage of the Act.

Last action: Effective on . . . . . . . . . .

Author: Kent Caperton
Sponsor: Jim Turner

Remarks: Direct referral to House subcmmittee. House Subcommittee Members: Keller- Chairman, and full State Affairs Committee. Senate Conference Committee Members: Caperton, chair; Farabee, Doggett, Parmer, Howard. House Conference Committee Members: Chair- Bomer, Keller, Turner, Short, Laney. HR 469 and SR 666 allow for changes in conference committee.

Session Law Chapter:
Acts 1983, 68th R.S.,ch. 274, General and Special Laws of Texas

Bill Analyses:
Committee Report (House Study Group)

Subjects:
PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION
PUBLIC UTILITY COUNSEL, OFFICE OF
PUBLIC UTILITY REGULATORY ACT
State Agencies, Boards & Commissions
Sunset Bills
Utilities--General

House Committee: State Affairs ()
Minutes: April 13 1983 | April 26 1983 | May 5 1983 | May 9 1983
Senate Committee: State Affairs ()

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