Your Committee on Judiciary , to which was referred Senate Bill 267 , has had the same under consideration and begs leave to report the same back to the House with the recommendation that said bill be amended as follows:
provisions of this chapter. The division shall have no jurisdiction
over matters concerning utilities subject to regulation by the
utility regulatory commission or by an agency of the United States
except that the provisions of subdivision (5) shall apply and
except as provided in IC 8-1-29.
(2) For complaints filed after August 31, 1984, the duty to ascertain from the consumer whether the consumer consents to public disclosure by the division of the filing of the complaint, including the consumer's identity and telephone number, if any.
(3) The duty to notify the merchant of the nature of the complaint by written communication and request a written reply.
(4) Upon receipt of reply, the duty to act as mediator between the parties and attempt to resolve all complaints in a conciliatory manner. The director of the division and the attorney general have discretion whether to mediate complaints involving a de minimis amount of money.
(5) If no reply is received or if the parties are unable to resolve their differences, and no violation of federal or state statute or rule is indicated, the duty to provide the complainant with a copy of all correspondence relating to the matter.
(6) Whenever a violation of a state or federal law or administrative rule is indicated, the duty to forward to the appropriate state or federal agency a copy of the correspondence and request that the agency further investigate the complaint and report to the division upon the disposition of the complaint.
(7) The power to initiate and prosecute civil actions on behalf of the state whenever an agency to which a complaint has been forwarded fails to act upon the complaint within ten (10) working days after its referral, or whenever no state agency has jurisdiction over the subject matter of the complaint.
(b) All complaints and correspondence in the possession of the division under this chapter are confidential unless disclosure of a complaint or correspondence is:
(1) requested by the person who filed the complaint;
(2) consented to, in whole or in part, after August 31, 1984, by the person who filed the complaint;
(3) in furtherance of an investigation by a law enforcement agency; or
and when so amended that said bill do pass.