Introduced Version




Citations Affected: IC 8-1-2-4.5.

Synopsis: Gas utility connection charges and deposits. Provides that the amount charged by a gas utility to connect or reconnect service may not exceed actual connection or reconnection costs. Permits a gas utility to require a deposit before connecting or reconnecting service. Provides that the amount of the deposit may not exceed a customer's estimated average monthly bill.

Effective: July 1, 2006.


    January 9, 2006, read first time and referred to Committee on Homeland Security, Utilities, and Public Policy.


Second Regular Session 114th General Assembly (2006)

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    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning utilities and transportation.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 8-1-2-4.5; (06)IN0216.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 8-1-2-4.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2006]: Sec. 4.5. (a) As used in this section, "utility" refers to a privately, municipally, publicly, or cooperatively owned gas utility. The term includes a utility governed and managed by the department of public utilities for a consolidated city under IC 8-1-11.1.
    (b) A utility may impose a reasonable and just connection or reconnection charge. The charge may not exceed the costs actually incurred by the utility in connecting or reconnecting service, whichever applies. A rule or regulation contrary to this subsection is void.
    (c) A utility may require a reasonable and just deposit from a customer before the utility connects or reconnects the customer's service. The deposit may not exceed the customer's estimated average monthly bill. A deposit under this subsection is in addition to a charge imposed under subsection (b). A rule or regulation

contrary to this subsection is void.
    (d) The commission may adopt rules under IC 4-22-2 to implement this section.