SB 416 Modifies the law with regard to lands held by certain utilities and Public Service Commission approval of certain territorial agreements for water and electric service areas
Sponsor: Goodman
LR Number: 1753S.03T Fiscal Note: 1753-02
Committee: Commerce, Energy and the Environment
Last Action: 6/30/2007 - Signed by Governor Journal Page:
Title: CCS HCS SB 416 Calendar Position:
Effective Date: August 28, 2007
House Handler: Pratt

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HCS/SB 416 - Current law provides that the public service commission shall hold evidentiary hearings to determine whether territorial agreements designating boundaries of water service areas or boundaries of electric service areas should be approved, and shall hold evidentiary hearings regarding complaints involving a commission-approved territorial agreement. This act provides that such hearings may be waived in instances where the matter is resolved by stipulation and agreement submitted to the commission by all parties. Upon its own motion, the commission may also hold a hearing regarding any application, complaint, or petition filed under this act.

Current law also provides that no such territorial agreement shall become effective unless it receives commission approval, and that the commission has the authority to suspend or revoke an agreement that it determines is not in the public interest. This act provides that the commission shall only have authority to suspend or revoke a territorial agreement that it determines is no longer in the public interest if it is subject to a complaint.

Current law provides that statutes of limitations are inapplicable to actions involving lands granted for any public, pious, or charitable use, and that this provision shall be construed to prohibit any claimant from adversely possessing any interest in land held by a public utility. This act adds rural electric cooperatives, as defined in chapter 394, RSMo, and organizations operating under section 394.200, RSMo, to the prohibition.

ALEXA PEARSON