Report Title:

PUC; Web Site; Appropriation; Personnel

Description:

Requires the PUC to maintain a web site that contains commission decisions, and listings of open dockets, upcoming meetings, and pending deadlines. Requires applicants to provide the PUC with application forms in electronic format, but excludes confidential information from this requirement. Provides that the time period within which PUC action is due begins upon the posting of a substantially complete filing on the web site. Appropriates funds from the PUC special fund. Authorizes the hiring of personnel. (SB498 SD2)

THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

498

TWENTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE, 2003

S.D. 2

STATE OF HAWAII

 


 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

relating to the public utilities commission.

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

SECTION 1. Chapter 269, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"269-   Commission web site; document posting on web site; personnel. (a) The commission shall maintain a web site that includes all decisions and orders issued by the commission, a list of all open dockets, a list of all upcoming commission meetings, and a list of all pending deadlines.

(b) All application forms filed with the commission shall be submitted by the applicant on compact disc in portable document format or in any other electronic format prescribed by the commission; provided that this requirement shall not apply to confidential information submitted as part of the application. The time period within which the commission shall be required to take action shall commence upon the posting of a substantially completed filing on the web site.

(c) The commission may employ such persons as may be necessary to carry out the requirements of this section."

SECTION 2. There is appropriated out of the public utilities commission special fund the sum of $          , or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2003-2004, for the purposes of this Act.

The sum appropriated shall be expended by the public utilities commission.

SECTION 3. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval; provided that section 2 shall take effect on July 1, 2003.