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AB-725 Utility service: undergrounding of electrical and communications facilities.(2011-2012)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 764 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

764.
 (a) The commission, in consultation with electrical corporations, telephone corporations, and representatives of local government, shall open an appropriate proceeding to evaluate whether to amend, revise, or improve its rules for replacing overhead electrical and communications facilities with underground facilities. The issues to be addressed during the proceeding shall include all of the following:
(1) How to provide more flexibility and control to local governments.
(2) How to enhance public safety.
(3) How to improve reliability.
(b) The commission shall submit a report to the Legislature relative to its evaluation by June 30, 2012. The commission may revise its rules for replacing overhead electrical and communications facilities with underground facilities without further action by the Legislature.
(c) (1) The report to be submitted pursuant to subdivision (b) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(2) The requirement for submitting a report imposed under subdivision (b) is inoperative on January 1, 2016, pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code.