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HB 261/LM (BR 1198) - L. Belcher, J. Tipton, J. Glenn, T. Thompson, R. Webber

     AN ACT relating to water utilities and declaring an emergency.
     Amend KRS 278.020 to require utilities to obtain insurance coverage sufficient to cover the replacement of any plant, equipment, property, or facility if destroyed; amend KRS 278.021 to specify notice of the abandonment of a utility to be 24 months prior to the effective date of the abandonment and to allow assumption of the abandoned utility service by an alternative provider under specific circumstances.


HB 261 - AMENDMENTS

     HCS1/LM - Retain original provisions of the bill; amends KRS 278.020 to require prior to granting a certificate of public convenience and necessity that the Kentucky Public Service Commission require a water utility to obtain a surety bond or reasonable guarantee that facilities operate for at least 3 years; authorize the commission to provide for a deviation from the surety bond requirement for good cause shown; prohibit approval of an application to abandon facilities until the acquiring utility shows proof of financial integrity; require written notice of application to abandon facilities; require a hearing on application to abandon facilities; amend KRS 278.516 and KRS 65A.050 to conform; declare an EMERGENCY.
     HCA1( L. Belcher ) - Make title amendment.
     HFA1( L. Belcher ) - Delete requirement from KRS 278.021 to notify the commission 24 months prior to proposed date of abandonment; delete assumption of water and sewer utilities abandoned after notice and requirements of notice; clarify that nothing in the section requires the commission to approve an application to abandon a utility, or other assets of a utility, or cease provision of utility service.

     Jan 14, 2016 - introduced in House
     Jan 19, 2016 - to Tourism Development & Energy (H)
     Feb 16, 2016 - posted in committee
     Feb 18, 2016 - reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute (1) committee amendment (1-title)
     Feb 19, 2016 - 2nd reading, to Rules
     Feb 22, 2016 - posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for for Tuesday, February 23, 2016
     Feb 23, 2016 - floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute
     Feb 24, 2016 - 3rd reading, passed 93-0 with Committee Substitute (1) committee amendment (1-title) floor amendment (1
     Feb 25, 2016 - received in Senate
     Feb 29, 2016 - to Natural Resources & Energy (S)
     Mar 16, 2016 - reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar
     Mar 17, 2016 - 2nd reading, to Rules
     Mar 18, 2016 - posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Monday, March 21, 2016 (Consent Orders #2)
     Mar 21, 2016 - passed over and retained in the Consent Orders of the Day
     Mar 22, 2016 - passed over and retained in the Consent Orders of the Day
     Mar 23, 2016 - passed over and retained in the Consent Orders of the Day
     Mar 24, 2016 - passed over and retained in the Consent Orders of the Day
     Mar 25, 2016 - passed over and retained in the Consent Orders of the Day
     Mar 28, 2016 - 3rd reading, passed 38-0
     Mar 29, 2016 - received in House; enrolled, signed by each presiding officer; delivered to Governor
     Apr 08, 2016 - signed by Governor (Acts, ch. 50)