92nd General Assembly
Summary of HB4667
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UTILITIES-ALTERNATIVE GAS SUPP                                             

Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
        Amends the Public Utilities Act. Makes a technical  change  in  a      
   Section concerning customer information centers.                            
          FISCAL NOTE, H-AM 1 (Illinois Commerce Commission)                   
          HB 4667, as amended by H-am 1, will impose some additional           
          costs to the Commerce Commission associated with handling            
          customer complaints, exercising regulatory jurisdiction over         
          new Alternative Gas Supplier entities, meeting the consumer          
          education requirements, and reporting requirements. However,         
          while these additional costs cannot be quantified at this            
          time, they are not expected to be substantial.                       
        HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1.                                                 
          Deletes reference to:                                                
          220 ILCS 5/16-123                                                    
          Adds reference to:                                                   
          220 ILCS 5/19-105                                                    
          220 ILCS 5/19-110                                                    
          220 ILCS 5/19-115                                                    
          220 ILCS 5/19-120                                                    
          220 ILCS 5/19-125 new                                                
          220 ILCS 5/19-130 new                                                
          220 ILCS 5/19-135 new                                                
        Replaces  everything  after  the  enacting  clause.   Amends  the      
   Alternative Gas Supplier Law Article  of  the  Public  Utilities  Act.      
   Expands  the  scope  of  the  Law to cover small commercial customers.      
   Requires billing statements to  specify  amount  of  gas  consumption,      
   service  charges  and  taxes. Requires the Commerce Commission to make      
   available  to  the  public  information  regarding   alternative   gas      
   suppliers   and   guidelines  for  selection.  Requires  the  Commerce      
   Commission to make annual reports to the Governor and General Assembly      
   regarding natural gas markets in Illinois. Effective immediately.           
        SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1.                                                
          Adds reference to:                                                   
          220 ILCS 5/7-208 new                                                 
          220 ILCS 5/7-209 new                                                 
        Amends the Public Utilities Act. Provides that a  HVAC  affiliate      
   of  a  gas  utility  must  disclose  in  its advertising that it is an      
   affiliate of a gas utility, that it is not regulated by  the  Commerce      
   Commission,  and that customers of the gas utility are not required to      
   purchase products or services from the affiliate in order  to  receive      
   services  from  the  gas utility. Prohibits employees of a gas utility      
   from marketing services of a HVAC affiliate when responding to service      
   calls relating to services provided by the gas utility  under  tariffs      
   on file with the Commerce Commission.                                       
        SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 2.                                                
        Provides that the Public Utilities  Act  does  not  diminish  the      
   powers  of  the  State's  Attorneys  or the Attorney General under the      
   Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.                        
Last action on Bill: PUBLIC ACT.............................. 92-0852

   Last action date: AUG-26-2002

           Location: House

 Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE -   1     SENATE -   2


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