Introduced Version




Citations Affected: IC 8-1-2-4.5.

Synopsis: Reconnection charges. Provides that the amount charged by a utility, other than a telecommunications provider, to reconnect service may not exceed actual reconnection costs. Permits a utility to require a deposit before reconnecting service. Requires a utility to reconnect service within one calendar day after being requested to reconnect service.

Effective: July 1, 2006.


    January 5, 2006, read first time and referred to Committee on Utilities and Energy.


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)IN1094.1.1. -->     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 the following:
        (1) A public utility.
        (2) A municipally owned utility.
However, the term does not include a telecommunications provider (as defined in IC 8-1-29-3).
    (b) A utility may impose a reasonable and just reconnection charge. The charge may not exceed the costs actually incurred by the utility in reconnecting service. A rule contrary to this subsection is void.
    (c) A utility must reconnect service to a customer as soon as reasonably possible but at least within one (1) calendar day after the utility is requested to reconnect service. However, before reconnecting service, the utility may require payment of a deposit under subsection (d) and other charges.
    (d) A utility may require a reasonable and just deposit from a customer before the utility 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 contrary to this subsection is void.
    (e) The commission shall adopt rules to implement this section.