PUBLIC UTILITY REGULATION
SPECIAL REGULATORY FEE
61-1008. Expenditure — Public utilities commission fund — Creation — Appropriation — Disposition of surplus. (1) At each regular session, the legislature shall determine the amount of money that may be expended by the public utilities commission during the next ensuing fiscal year.
(2) The state treasurer shall be custodian of the "public utilities commission fund," into which shall be paid and deposited all funds accruing or received under any and all provisions of this chapter, and all fees, licenses, charges, assessments, fines and penalties, now or hereafter payable to, collected or recovered by the commission under any other law of this state, and all funds otherwise appropriated or made available to said fund. All moneys from whatever source accruing to and received into said fund are hereby appropriated, within the limits of funds determined therefor by the legislature, for the payment of the administrative and maintenance expenses of the commission, including salaries and wages of the commissioners and employees, travel, supplies, equipment, fixed charges, refunds of fees and all other necessary expenses of the commission, not otherwise provided for. Moneys shall be paid out of the public utilities commission fund by the state treasurer only upon claim vouchers prepared and approved by the commission, certified by the president of the commission to the state controller who, after review as provided by law, shall draw his warrant against the public utilities commission fund for all such claims.
(3) Any moneys remaining in the public utilities commission fund at the end of any fiscal year, shall be retained in said fund for the use of the commission for the purposes specified in this chapter. Remaining funds shall be credited ratably by the commission to the respective railroad corporations and other public utilities according to the respective portions of such fees determined hereunder to be assessable against each such railroad corporation and other public utility, respectively, for the ensuing fiscal year. The respective fee assessed against each railroad corporation and public utility for such ensuing fiscal year shall be correspondingly reduced; provided that, only moneys paid under the provisions of this chapter by railroad corporations and other public utilities shall be considered in determining the surplus to be so credited by the commission.
[61-1008, added 1955, ch. 177, sec. 1, p. 362; am. 1959, ch. 80, sec. 8, p. 179; am. 1994, ch. 180, sec. 149, p. 516; am. 1999, ch. 289, sec. 4, p. 717; am. 1999, ch. 383, sec. 16, p. 1068; am. 2003, ch. 32, sec. 32, p. 136.]