Legislators to consider utility bills

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Four more energy-related bills, including two focused on reforming the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, will be considered this week by the Oklahoma House Utilities Committee.

Members will meet Thursday morning at 10:30.

The two Corporation Commission reform bills contain no specifics. HB1977, the Corporation Commission Reform Act, was filed by Cherokee Rep. Carl Newton.

HB2845, is the Corporation Commission Modernization Act filed by Rep. Trey Caldwell.

Another measure, HB1965 filed by Rep. Newton, would allow broadband installers to use existing easements of electrical providers and do so without fear of being sued.

“– a class action lawsuit may not be maintained against an Electric Provider or its broadband subsidiary in a suit in trespass, nuisance or inverse condemnation based on a claim of expanded use of an easement where the broadband facilities are located on an easement owned, held or otherwise used by an Electric Provider.”

HB2241 by Okeene Rep. Mike Dobrinski, would provide a cost exemption for the relocation of certain natural gas systems due to highway construction.

His measure would apply to natural gas systems serving less than 10,000 customers and make them ” exempt from the payment of the costs and expenses for the removal and relocation of natural gas, water and sewer pipelines and all such facilities constructed or in place in the public right-of-way when the removal and relocation of such facilities is necessary for the improvement, construction or reconstruction of any road or highway which is part of the state highway system or turnpike project—.”

The meeting will be live streamed via internet.