Maine LD 446: An Act To Change the Name of the Public Utilities Commission’s Consumer Assistance Division

LD 446 (subjects: PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION , ADMINISTRATION )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=446&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. David Woodsome of York: (R – District 33) — e-mail | Facebook

1 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
2/24/2015 Senate Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator Woodsome of York REFERRED to the Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
2/24/2015 House Bill REFERRED to the Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/19/2015 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED.
READ ONCE
Assigned for Second Reading next Legislative Day
3/24/2015 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.
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
3/25/2015 House CONSENT CALENDAR – FIRST DAY
3/26/2015 House Committee on Bills in the Second Reading Reports no further verbal amendments necessary Representative McLEAN of Gorham, Chair, House of Representatives Report Accepted.
CONSENT CALENDAR – SECOND DAY.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED.

In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/31/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/1/2015 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED, in concurrence.

Bill Text

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An Act To Change the Name of the Public Utilities Commission’s Consumer Assistance Division

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

Sec. 1. 2 MRSA 6-A, sub- 3, E, as enacted by PL 1985, c. 618, 1, is amended to read:

E. Director of consumer assistance and safety.

Sec. 2. 5 MRSA 949, sub- 1, E, as enacted by PL 1985, c. 618, 4, is amended to read:

E. Director of Consumer Assistance consumer assistance and safety.

Sec. 3. 35-A MRSA 107, sub- 1, A, as amended by PL 2011, c. 420, Pt. A, 30, is further amended to read:

A. An administrative director, a director of telephone and water utility industries, a director of electric and gas utility industries and a director of consumer assistance and safety;

Sec. 4. 35-A MRSA 107, sub- 2, A, as amended by PL 2011, c. 420, Pt. A, 31, is further amended to read:

A. The general counsel, the administrative director, the assistant administrative director, the director of telephone and water utility industries, the director of electric and gas utility industries and the director of consumer assistance and safety serve at the pleasure of the commission and their salaries must be set by the commission within the ranges established by Title 2, section 6-A.

Sec. 5. 35-A MRSA 107, sub- 2, C, as amended by PL 2011, c. 420, Pt. A, 32, is further amended to read:

C. The salaries of the other subordinate officials and employees of the commission, other than those of the general counsel, the administrative director, the assistant administrative director, the director of telephone and water utility industries, the director of electric and gas utility industries, the director of consumer assistance and safety and the staff attorney and utility analyst positions, are subject to the Civil Service Law.

Sec. 6. 35-A MRSA 704, sub- 5, A and D, as enacted by PL 1987, c. 614, 2, are amended to read:

A. Records containing the following information shall be are confidential and are not public records for the purpose of Title 1, section 402, subsection 3:

(1) Information acquired by the Consumer Assistance Division consumer assistance and safety division regarding the payment and credit history and financial condition of a customer who has requested the assistance of the division; and

(2) Information acquired by the Consumer Assistance Division consumer assistance and safety division regarding the medical condition of a customer or member of a customer’s family.

D. The Consumer Assistance Division consumer assistance and safety division shall prepare its decisions or abstracts of decisions in a manner which that protects the confidentiality of customer information as provided by this subsection. Those decisions or abstracts of decisions shall must be available for public access.

Sec. 7. 35-A MRSA 6114, sub- 4, as enacted by PL 2013, c. 573, 4, is amended to read:

4. Consumer assistance and safety division. The commission shall ensure that customers of consumer-owned water utilities retain access to the services provided by the consumer assistance and safety division within the commission.

summary

This bill adds “and safety” to references to the Public Utilities Commission’s consumer assistance division to reflect that the division now also oversees the State’s gas safety regulation and enforcement and enforcement of the underground facility damage prevention law.

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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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