Report Title:

PUC, Intervenor Program, Website

Description:

Requires the PUC to establish an intervenor program outside the scope of the consumer advocate. Appropriates money to the PUC for a website.

THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

597

TWENTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE, 2003

 

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- Intervenor program. The commission shall establish an intervenor program to assist consumers who have significant information to contribute to hearings and other proceedings before the commission that is outside the scope of the functions of the consumer advocate. The intervenor program shall include procedural assistance and financial compensation for consumer costs including reasonable consultant and attorney's fees. The commission shall adopt rules under chapter 91 for the implementation of and to establish standards for the intervenor program."

SECTION 2. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $ , or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2003-2004, and the sum of $ , or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2004-2005, to the public utilities commission to create and maintain an information and communication resource accessible through the world wide web. The sums appropriated shall be expended by the public utilities commission for the purposes of this Act.

SECTION 3. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2003.

INTRODUCED BY:

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