92nd General Assembly
Summary of SB0683
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Short description: 
GAS UTILITY RATES ENVIRN COSTS                                             

Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
        Amends the Public Utilities Act. Provides that, before hiring  an      
   employee  or independent contractor for work involving facilities used      
   for the distribution of natural gas, a public utility must  conduct  a      
   background   check   to   determine  the  employee's  or  contractor's      
   reliability and safety record. Provides that when a  utility  performs      
   work  on  equipment  that  contains  or  may  contain mercury or other      
   hazardous material and is located on a customer's property the utility      
   must provide notice  to  the  customer  and  test  for  contamination.      
   Provides  that  expenditures  by  a  natural gas utility for fines and      
   remediation and related activities in connection with  mercury  spills      
   shall  not  be  included  in  determining  the rates for that utility.      
   Effective immediately.                                                      
        SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1.                                                
        Replaces provisions requiring a background check with  provisions      
   requiring  a proposed employee or contractor to complete a certificate      
   listing previous violations of environmental or safety laws.   In  the      
   provisions  governing  testing  before  and  after work on natural gas      
   regulators and manometers, deletes references to other devices.             
Last action on Bill: PUBLIC ACT.............................. 92-0071

   Last action date: JUL-12-2001

           Location: Senate

 Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE -   0     SENATE -   1


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