March 29, 2011
HOUSE BILL No. 1131
DIGEST OF HB 1131
(Updated March 28, 2011 7:25 pm - DI 84)
Citations Affected: Noncode.
Synopsis: Video service franchise fees. Directs the regulatory
flexibility committee (committee) to study the following not later than
November 1, 2011: (1) Whether video service franchise fees paid to
local units are used by local units for purposes related to the provision
of video service in the units and in a manner consistent with the statute
concerning video service franchises. (2) Whether video service
franchise fees have an anti competitive effect on the pricing and
provision of video service in Indiana. Requires the committee to submit
to the legislative council not later than November 1, 2011, a report on
any recommendations made by the committee concerning these topics.
Effective: Upon passage.
January 6, 2011, read first time and referred to Committee on Utilities and Energy.
February 17, 2011, amended, reported _ Do Pass.
March 28, 2011, read second time, amended, ordered engrossed.
March 29, 2011
First Regular Session 117th General Assembly (2011)
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HOUSE BILL No. 1131
A BILL FOR AN ACT concerning utilities.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: ; (11)HB1131.2.1. -->
SECTION 1. [EFFECTIVE UPON PASSAGE] (a) The definitions
in IC 8-1-34 apply throughout this SECTION.
(b) As used in this SECTION, "commission" refers to the
Indiana utility regulatory commission created by IC 8-1-1-2.
(c) As used in this SECTION, "committee" refers to the
regulatory flexibility committee established by IC 8-1-2.6-4.
(d) Not later than November 1, 2011, the committee shall study
(1) Whether video service franchise fees paid to local units
(A) a certificate of franchise authority issued by the
commission under IC 8-1-34; or
(B) an unexpired local franchise issued by a local unit
before July 1, 2006;
are used by local units for purposes related to the provision of
video service in the units and in a manner consistent with
(2) Whether the video service franchise fees described in
subdivision (1) have an anticompetitive effect on the pricing
and provision of video service in Indiana.
(e) The commission shall provide any data or other information
requested by the committee to conduct the study described in
subsection (d). However, this subsection does not empower the
commission to disclose confidential and proprietary business plans
and other confidential information without adequate protection of
the information. The commission shall exercise all necessary
caution to avoid disclosure of confidential information supplied
under this subsection.
(f) The committee shall prepare a report on the committee's
recommendations, if any, concerning the issues described in
subsection (d) and shall submit the report to the legislative council
in an electronic format under IC 5-14-6 not later than November
(g) This SECTION expires January 1, 2012.
SOURCE: ; (11)HB1131.2.2. -->
SECTION 2. An emergency is declared for this act.