SENATE BILL No. 216
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
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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SENATE BILL No. 216
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
(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
(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.