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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 2 – Electric utility industry, study


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HCR002...........................................................by LINFORD
ELECTRIC UTILITY INDUSTRY - STUDY - Authorizing the Legislative Council to
appoint a committee to study electric utility restructuring.

01/11    House intro - 1st rdg - to printing
01/11    Rpt prt - to St Aff
01/14    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
01/15    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
01/18    3rd rdg - ADOPTED - 66-0-4
      AYES -- Alltus, Barraclough, Barrett, Bell, Bieter, Black, Boe,
      Bruneel, Callister, Campbell, Chase, Clark, Crow, Cuddy, Deal,
      Denney, Ellsworth, Field(13), Field(20), Gagner, Geddes, Gould,
      Hadley, Hammond, Hansen(23), Hansen(29), Henbest, Hornbeck, Jaquet,
      Jones, Judd, Kellogg, Kempton, Kendell, Kunz, Lake, Limbaugh,
      Linford, Loertscher, Mader, Marley, McKague, Meyer, Montgomery,
      Mortensen, Moyle, Pischner, Pomeroy, Reynolds, Ridinger, Ringo,
      Robison, Sellman, Smith, Stevenson, Stoicheff, Stone, Taylor,
      Tippets, (Miller)(Trail), Watson, Wheeler, Williams, Wood,
      Zimmermann, Mr Speaker
      NAYS -- None
      Absent and excused -- Kjellander, Sali, Schaefer, Tilman
    Floor Sponsor - Linford & Cuddy
    Title apvd - to Senate
01/19    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to St Aff
02/03    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 10th Ord
02/04    10th ord - ADOPTED - 33-0-2
      AYES--Andreason, Boatright, Branch, Bunderson, Burtenshaw, Cameron,
      Crow, Danielson, Darrington, Davis, Deide, Dunklin, Frasure, Geddes,
      Hawkins, Ingram, Keough, King, Lee, McLaughlin, Noh, Parry,
      Richardson, Riggs, Risch, Sandy, Schroeder, Sorensen, Stegner,
      Stennett, Thorne, Wheeler, Whitworth
      Absent and excused--Ipsen, Twiggs
    Floor Sponsor - Lee
    Title apvd - to House
02/05    To enrol
02/08    Rpt enrol - Sp signed
02/09    Pres signed
02/10    To Secretary of State

Bill Text


 ||||              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ||||
Fifty-fifth Legislature                 First Regular Session - 1999

                             IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                            HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 2

                                        BY LINFORD

 1                               A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

 4    Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:

 5        WHEREAS,  there  were  numerous  bills  introduced  in  Congress from 1996
 6    through 1998 which would have provided for the restructuring of  the  electric
 7    utility industry in this country; and
 8        WHEREAS, there are aggregators who are aggressively trying to find custom-
 9    ers to purchase electric energy from them; and
10        WHEREAS, Idaho currently enjoys low electric rates compared to the rest of
11    the nation, mainly because of our hydropower base; and
12        WHEREAS,  some  states,  including  California, have passed legislation to
13    restructure the electric utility industry in those states; and
14        WHEREAS, there are some benefits to a competitive electric utility  indus-
15    try, there may be some large unintended consequences to the ratepayers and the
16    citizens of the state if such a move is not carefully thought out and planned;
17    and
18        WHEREAS,  it  is not the intent of the Legislature to have big winners and
19    big losers as far as classes of electric customers go if the electric  utility
20    industry is restructured; and
21        WHEREAS,  there  have  been many worthwhile social programs included in an
22    electric utility's rate base such as fish mitigation, weatherization and  low-
23    income  assistance  programs,  and the Legislature would not like to see those
24    lost by a restructuring; and
25        WHEREAS, Idaho's water rights system is a complex  system  of  management,
26    and  electric  utility restructuring could affect demand loads and river flows
27    and have some large unintended consequences if not managed properly.
28        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the First Regular Session
29    of the Fifty-fifth Idaho Legislature, the House  of  Representatives  and  the
30    Senate  concurring  therein,  that  the  Legislative  Council is authorized to
31    appoint a Committee to undertake and review the potential restructuring of the
32    electric utility industry from both the statewide perspective and the national
33    perspective. The Committee is directed to involve representatives of industry,
34    agricultural groups, small businesses, consumers of electricity and  conserva-
35    tion  interests.  The Committee is also authorized to retain the services of a
36    consultant, within appropriated moneys, who  is  familiar  with  the  electric
37    utility industry and who can provide necessary economic or other research that
38    can assist the Committee and the Legislature in making an informed decision on
39    this most important topic.
40        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that nonlegislative members of the Committee may be
41    appointed  by  the cochairs of the Committee who are appointed by the Legisla-
42    tive Council. Nonlegislative members of the advisory Committee  shall  not  be
43    reimbursed  from legislative funds for per diem, mileage or other expenses and
44    shall not have voting privileges regarding the Committee's recommendations  or


 1    proposed legislation.
 2        BE  IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Committee shall make a progress report to
 3    the Second Regular Session of the Fifty-fifth Idaho Legislature and shall make
 4    a report detailing its findings, recommendations and proposed legislation,  if
 5    any, to the First Regular Session of the Fifty-sixth Idaho Legislature.