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Public Utilities Code - PUC

DIVISION 1. REGULATION OF PUBLIC UTILITIES [201 - 3297]

  ( Division 1 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

PART 1. PUBLIC UTILITIES ACT [201 - 2120]

  ( Part 1 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

CHAPTER 2.5. Public Utilities Commission Reimbursement Fees [401 - 444]

  ( Chapter 2.5 repealed and added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 323, Sec. 71. )

ARTICLE 1. Collection and Disposition of Fees [401 - 410]
  ( Article 1 added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 323, Sec. 71. )

401.
  

(a) The Legislature finds and declares that the public interest is best served by a commission that is appropriately funded and staffed, that can thoroughly examine the issues before it, and that can take timely and well-considered action on matters before it. The Legislature further finds and declares that funding the commission by means of a reasonable fee imposed upon each common carrier and business related thereto, each public utility that the commission regulates, and each applicant for, or holder of, a state franchise pursuant to Division 2.5 (commencing with Section 5800), helps to achieve those goals and is, therefore, in the public interest.

(b) The Legislature intends, in enacting this chapter, that the fees levied and collected pursuant thereto produce enough, and only enough, revenues to fund the commission with (1) its authorized expenditures for each fiscal year to regulate common carriers and businesses related thereto, public utilities, and applicants and holders of a state franchise to be a video service provider, less the amount to be paid from special accounts except those established by this article, reimbursements, federal funds, and the unencumbered balance from the preceding year; (2) an appropriate reserve; and (3) any adjustment appropriated by the Legislature.

(c) For purposes of this chapter, an “appropriate reserve” means a reserve in addition to the commission’s total authorized annual budget to regulate common carriers and related businesses, public utilities, and applicants and holders of a state franchise to be a video service provider, to be determined by the commission based on its past and projected operating experience.

(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 700, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2007.)

402.
  

The Public Utilities Commission Utilities Reimbursement Account is hereby continued in existence. All fees collected by the commission pursuant to Section 431 shall be transmitted to the Treasurer at least quarterly for deposit in the account.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 323, Sec. 71. Effective July 1, 1983.)

403.
  

There is hereby created the Public Utilities Commission Transportation Reimbursement Account in the General Fund. All fees collected by the commission pursuant to Section 421 shall be transmitted to the Treasurer at least quarterly for deposit in the account.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 323, Sec. 71. Effective July 1, 1983.)

404.
  

(a) All fees paid pursuant to this chapter, exclusive of any penalties for delinquency, shall be allowed by the commission in a separate order as an ordinary operating expense for purposes of establishing rates or charges. The commission shall authorize each person or corporation subject to Section 421 or 431 to annually adjust its rates or charges for intrastate services so as to collect from its customers and subscribers an amount sufficient to pay the amount of the fee required by Section 421 or 431 together with the costs of collecting the fee from each customer or subscriber.

(b) The commission shall adopt rules to determine the appropriate level of fees for carriers that provide transportation services incidental to commercial balloon operations, commercial river rafting, or skiing.

(c) Each person or corporation subject to Section 421 or 431 may identify separately, on the bill of each customer or subscriber, the amount to be paid by each customer or subscriber for purposes of funding the commission pursuant to this chapter.

(d) Persons or corporations subject to Section 421 or 431 shall pay the fee in accordance with Section 423 or 433 after collection from their customers or subscribers.

(Amended (as amended by Stats. 1991, Ch. 636, Sec. 1) by Stats. 1993, Ch. 125, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1994.)

405.
  

If any person or corporation subject to this chapter is in default of the preparation and submission of any report or the payment of any fee required by this chapter for a period of 30 days or more, the commission may suspend or revoke the certificate of public convenience and necessity, permit, or other operating authority of the person or corporation or order the person or corporation to cease and desist from conducting all operations subject to the jurisdiction of the commission, and the commission may estimate from all available information the appropriate fee and may add to the amount of that estimated fee a penalty not to exceed 25 percent of the amount on account of the failure, refusal, or neglect to prepare and submit the report or to pay the fee, and the person or corporation shall be estopped to complain of the amount of the commission’s estimate.

Upon payment of the fee so estimated and penalty, if applicable, the certificate, permit, or other operating authority of the person or corporation suspended in accordance with this section shall be reinstated or the order to cease and desist revoked. The commission may grant a reasonable extension of the 30-day period to any person or corporation upon written application and a showing of the necessity of the extension.

Upon revocation of any certificate, permit, or other operating authority or issuance of an order to cease and desist pursuant to this section, all fees in default shall become due and payable immediately.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 323, Sec. 71. Effective July 1, 1983.)

406.
  

The commission may bring an action, in its own name or in the name of the people of the state, in any court of competent jurisdiction, for the collection of delinquent fees estimated under Section 405, or for an amount due, owing, and unpaid to it, as shown by report filed by the commission, together with a penalty of 25 percent for the delinquency.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 323, Sec. 71. Effective July 1, 1983.)

407.
  

The commission shall authorize refunds of the fees provided for in this chapter when the fees were collected in error.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 323, Sec. 71. Effective July 1, 1983.)

408.
  

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, all fees and charges collected by the commission pursuant to this code from each common carrier and related business subject to Section 421 and from interstate or foreign highway carriers registered pursuant to the Interstate and Foreign Highway Carriers’ Registration Act (Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 3901) of Division 2), shall be deposited in the Public Utilities Commission Transportation Reimbursement Account, in addition to the fee authorized by Section 421.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 323, Sec. 71. Effective July 1, 1983.)

409.
  

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, all fees and charges collected pursuant to this code by the commission from each public utility subject to Section 431, with the exception of any penalty collected pursuant to Section 405 or 406, shall be deposited in the Public Utilities Commission Utilities Reimbursement Account, in addition to the fee authorized by Section 431.

(b) A penalty collected pursuant to Section 405 or 406 shall be deposited in the General Fund.

(Amended by Stats. 2002, Ch. 1147, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2003.)

409.5.
  

The commission shall maintain those records as are necessary to account separately for all fees and charges, including the fees authorized by Section 431, received from each class of utility subject to Article 3 (commencing with Section 431) and remitted pursuant to Section 409.

(Added by Stats. 1993, Ch. 1035, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1994.)

410.
  

The commission may establish rules and regulations that it deems necessary to carry out the provisions of this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 323, Sec. 71. Effective July 1, 1983.)

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