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HJR 141 (BR 1154) - K. Hall, T. Edmonds

     Direct study by the Public Service Commission regarding natural gas retail choice programs; require study report to address specific elements, including whether state-level certification of competitive gas suppliers should be applicable for service to all levels of consumption or to certain customer classes; marketing, contracting, and service enrollments and renewals; the obligation to serve and the provider of last resort and entities that should fulfill this role, and alternative procurement strategies for default service; non-discriminatory access to services offered and best practices; standards of conduct for natural gas distribution companies and competitive gas suppliers; utility services and utilities' interaction with competitive gas suppliers, including billing methods and related issues; and transition costs and reasonable practices to minimize or eliminate stranded costs; Provide that Joint Resolution shall not be construed to interfere with existing gas commodity programs, including the continuation or extension of those programs or with PSC authority to approve new programs; study report to be provided to the Legislative Research Commission no later than November 1, 2010.

HJR 141 - AMENDMENTS


     HCS - Direct the Public Service Commission to commence a collaborative study of natural gas retail competition programs to determine if benefits can be derived from these programs, and to determine whether natural gas retail competition programs can be crafted to benefit Kentucky consumers; require study to include an evaluation of existing natural gas retail competition programs; upon completion of study, require the PSC to make a written report to the General Assembly and the Legislative Research Commission of its findings and recommendations; encourage the PSC to seek input for the study from interested stakeholders, including the Attorney General, regulated local distribution companies, natural gas marketers, including marketers that are not local distribution companies, utilities, natural gas companies, public service companies, or similar companies, representatives from consumer groups, and representatives from all classes of customers; require the PSC study and subsequent report to the General Assembly and the Legislative Research Commission to consider and examine elements that shall be incorporated into any proposed natural gas retail competition program and issues which need to be addressed in order to adequately protect the public interest in any new natural gas retail competition program; require PSC to establish criteria by which the effectiveness of competition and benefits to customers can be measured; require study report to be provided to the Legislative Research Commission for appropriate distribution no later than January 1, 2011; specify that joint resolution shall not interfere with existing natural gas retail competition programs, including their continuation or extension.

     Feb 8-introduced in House
     Feb 10-to Tourism Development & Energy (H)
     Feb 23-posted in committee
     Mar 11-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Mar 12-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Monday, March 15, 2010
     Mar 15-3rd reading, adopted 96-0 with Committee Substitute
     Mar 16-received in Senate
     Mar 17-to Natural Resources and Energy (S)
     Mar 24-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar
     Mar 25-2nd reading, to Rules
     Mar 29-posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Monday, March 29, 2010; 3rd reading, adopted 38-0
     Apr 1-received in House; enrolled, signed by each presiding officer; delivered to Governor
     Apr 12-signed by Governor (Acts ch. 105)

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