Legislature(2005 - 2006)
2005-04-01 House JournalFull Journal pdf
2005-04-01 House Journal Page 0804 HB 243 HOUSE BILL NO. 243 by the House Rules Committee by request of the Governor, entitled: "An Act relating to the maximum annual regulatory cost charge collected from certain regulated public utilities and pipeline carriers; and providing for an effective date." was read the first time and referred to the Labor & Commerce and Finance Committees. The following fiscal note(s) apply: 1. Fiscal, Dept. of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development The Governor's transmittal letter dated March 30, 2005, follows: "Dear Speaker Harris: Under the authority of art. III, sec. 18, of the Alaska Constitution, I am transmitting a bill relating to the calculation of the annual regulatory cost charge for public utilities and pipeline carriers within the jurisdiction of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA). Currently, the operations of the RCA are financed through a regulatory cost charge collected from regulated public utilities and pipeline carriers in accordance with AS 42.05.254 and AS 42.06.286, which, under existing statute, may not exceed .7 percent of the total adjusted gross revenue applicable to the regulated public utility and pipeline carrier sectors. The bill would increase that percentage to .9 percent for the fiscal years beginning July 1, 2005, July 1, 2006, and July 1, 2007, to finance certain information system improvements within the RCA. The improvements include the implementation of a case management system, a time management system, and an interactive 2005-04-01 House Journal Page 0805 RCA website that would allow regulated entities to electronically file forms and pleadings on-line. Because it is anticipated that the information system improvements will result in lower operating costs for the RCA, the bill would then reduce that .9 percent maximum regulatory cost charge to the previous .7 percent level for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2008, and for subsequent fiscal years. This bill would not change the existing maximum for the portion of the regulatory cost charge that finances operations of the public advocacy function under AS 42.04.070(c) and AS 44.23.020(e) within the Department of Law. I urge your prompt and favorable action on this measure. Sincerely yours, /s/ Frank H. Murkowski Governor"