BILL NUMBER: AB 1149 CHAPTERED BILL TEXT CHAPTER 844 FILED WITH SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 10, 1999 APPROVED BY GOVERNOR OCTOBER 8, 1999 PASSED THE ASSEMBLY AUGUST 30, 1999 PASSED THE SENATE AUGUST 25, 1999 AMENDED IN SENATE AUGUST 17, 1999 AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY APRIL 26, 1999 AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY APRIL 8, 1999 INTRODUCED BY Assembly Member Aroner FEBRUARY 25, 1999 An act relating to public utilities. LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST AB 1149, Aroner. Underground electric and communications facilities. Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has regulatory authority over public utilities and, under that authority, has adopted rules for the replacement of overhead electric and communications facilities with underground facilities. This bill would require the commission to conduct a study as to the ways to amend, revise, and improve those rules, as specified. The commission would have the authority to revise these rules without prior approval of the Legislature. The commission would be required to submit a report on the study to the Legislature on or before January 1, 2001. THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: SECTION 1. (a) The Public Utilities Commission shall conduct a study as to the ways to amend, revise, and improve rules governing the replacement of overhead electric and communications facilities with underground facilities. The issues to be addressed shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following: (1) Discovering and eliminating barriers to establishing continuity of the existing underground system and ways to eliminate uneven patches of overhead facilities. (2) How to enhance public safety. (3) How to improve reliability. (4) How to provide more flexibility and control to local governments. (b) The Public Utilities Commission may revise these rules without prior approval of the Legislature. (c) Notwithstanding Section 7550.5 of the Government Code, the Public Utilities Commission shall submit a report on the study required by subdivision (a) to the Legislature on or before January 1, 2001.