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SB-18 Public Utilities Commission: outside counsel.(2015-2016)

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Enrolled  September 16, 2015
Passed  IN  Senate  September 11, 2015
Passed  IN  Assembly  September 10, 2015
Amended  IN  Assembly  August 24, 2015
Amended  IN  Assembly  July 09, 2015
Amended  IN  Senate  May 21, 2015
Amended  IN  Senate  May 05, 2015
Amended  IN  Senate  March 26, 2015
Amended  IN  Senate  February 04, 2015

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2015–2016 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 18


Introduced by Senators Hill and Hueso

December 01, 2014


An act to add Section 307.1 to the Public Utilities Code, relating to the Public Utilities Commission.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 18, Hill. Public Utilities Commission: outside counsel.
The Public Utilities Act authorizes the Public Utilities Commission to appoint an attorney for the commission who holds that office at the pleasure of the commission. The act requires the attorney to represent and appear for the people and the commission in all actions and proceedings involving any question under the act or under any order or act of the commission. The act requires the attorney to commence, prosecute, and expedite the final determination of all actions and proceedings directed or authorized by the president, except as otherwise directed or authorized by vote of the commission, to advise the commission and each commissioner in regard to all matters in connection with the powers and duties of the commission or a commissioner, when requested, and generally to perform all duties and services as attorney to the commission that the president, or vote of the commission, may require of him or her.
This bill would require that any contract or other agreement by the commission for services by outside legal counsel to represent the commission in a criminal investigation initiated by any federal, state, or local agency be approved by a vote of the commission no sooner than 30 days after it is submitted to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee for review.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 307.1 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

307.1.
 (a) Any contract or other agreement by the commission for services by outside legal counsel to represent the commission in a criminal investigation initiated by any federal, state, or local agency shall be approved by a vote of the commission no sooner than 30 days after the contract or agreement is submitted to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee for review.
(b) Any contract or other agreement submitted to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee for review and to be voted on by the commission pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be accompanied by all of the following information:
(1) The funds that the commission will use to pay for these services.
(2) Whether the commission has followed all of the laws and procedures applicable to contracting for legal services.
(3) Whether, and to what degree, existing programs and operations of the commission will be affected.