Maine LD 237: An Act To Address Recommendations from the Report by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability Regarding the Public Utilities Commission

LD 237 (subjects: PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION , POWERS )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=237&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text & Amendments | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Larry Dunphy of Embden: (I – District 118) — e-mail | Facebook

9 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
2/3/2015 House Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
2/3/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Woodsome of York, REFERRED to the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, in concurrence.
4/9/2015 House CONSENT CALENDAR – FIRST DAY
On OBJECTION of Representative FREDETTE of Newport REMOVED.
The Committee Report was READ and ACCEPTED.
ROLL CALL NO. 20
(Yeas 91 – Nays 52 – Absent 8 – Excused 0)
The Bill was READ ONCE.
Committee Amendment “A” (H-53) was READ and ADOPTED.
TOMORROW ASSIGNED FOR SECOND READING.
4/14/2015 House Committee on Bills in the Second Reading Reports no further verbal amendments necessary Representative McLEAN of Gorham, Chair, House of Representatives Report Accepted.

READ the Second Time.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-53).
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/16/2015 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED , in concurrence. READ ONCE Committee Amendment “A” (H-53) READ and ADOPTED , in concurrence. ASSIGNED FOR SECOND READING NEXT LEGISLATIVE DAY.
4/21/2015 Senate COMMITTEE ON BILLS IN THE SECOND READING REPORTS NO FURTHER VERBAL AMENDMENTS NECESSARY, Senator Saviello, Senate Chair. REPORT ACCEPTED.
READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (H-53), in concurrence.
Ordered sent down forthwith.
4/23/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/28/2015 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED, in concurrence.
5/12/2015 House This Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same pursuant to Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the House proceeded to vote on the question: “Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?”
ROLL CALL NO. 65V
85 having voted in the affirmative and 59 in the negative, with 7 being absent, and accordingly it was the vote of the House that the Bill not become a law and the veto was sustained.
Placed in the Legislative Files. (DEAD)

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 237 as originally introduced. L.D. 237 was changed by the legislature through amendment. To understand the impact of this legislation in proper context, be sure to read adopted amendment text, available here: C-A (H-53) .

An Act To Address Recommendations from the Report by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability Regarding the Public Utilities Commission

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 35-A MRSA 1701, sub- 2, as enacted by PL 1987, c. 141, Pt. A, 6, is amended to read:

2. Staff of the Public Advocate. The staff of the Public Advocate shall consist consists of such other personnel, including staff attorneys, as the Public Advocate determines necessary to represent and advise the using and consuming public, as required by subsection section 1702. All such personnel shall be are appointed, supervised and directed by the Public Advocate. The Public Advocate is not subject to the supervision, direction or control of the chairman chair or members of the commission.

Sec. 2. 35-A MRSA 1701, sub- 3, E and F, as enacted by PL 1999, c. 259, 4, are amended to read:

E. Business Services Manager, salary range 26; and
F. Special Assistant to the Public Advocate, salary range 20 . ; and

Sec. 3. 35-A MRSA 1701, sub- 3, G is enacted to read:

G. Consumer Advisor, salary range 25.

Sec. 4. 35-A MRSA 1702, sub- 11 is enacted to read:

11. Advice to using and consuming public. The Public Advocate may advise a member of the using and consuming public regarding participation in proceedings before the commission.

SUMMARY

This bill establishes a consumer advisor position in the Office of the Public Advocate to advise citizens participating in proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission. The position is established to address a recommendation in the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability’s 2013 report on the Public Utilities Commission that the Public Utilities Commission and the Public Advocate explore ways to facilitate consumers’ ability to effectively represent themselves in adjudicatory proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission.

Patterns of Support

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Note: Maine Clean Elections Act (MCEA) Qualified candidates only accept a small dollar value of initial contributions early in their campaigns, pledge not to accept further campaign contributions from private sources, and receive public funding for their campaigns. MCEA Non-Qualified candidates choose not to obtain public funding and instead are free to accept campaign contributions from individuals, party committees, political action committees and business sources.


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