HB1227 Enacts the Missouri Retail Energy Customer and Worker Protection Act.
Sponsor: Schilling, Mike (136) Effective Date:00/00/0000
CoSponsor: LR Number: 2632L.01I
Last Action: COMMITTEE: CONSUMER PROTECTION AND HOUSING
04/06/2000 - Executive Session Held (H)
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HB1227
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HB 1227 -- Retail Energy Customer and Worker Protection

Sponsor:  Schilling

This bill creates the Missouri Energy Reliability Board to
standardize the reliability, safety, and customer services
practices of investor- and consumer-owned electric or gas
companies.  In addition to its rulemaking authority, the board
is required to institute procedures to prevent overloads on
systems and cost-shifting among regulated and competitive
segments of the utilities.  The board must report to the General
Assembly every 2 years on the adequacy and reliability of the
electric supply.

The bill also requires the board to establish minimum
maintenance standards for electric or gas companies providing
service within the state and requires the companies to file an
annual preventive maintenance plan with the board, including
inspection schedules and certain record maintenance.

The board will establish minimal performance standards for all
electric or gas companies providing service within the state,
including bonding of contractors and vendors, occupational
safety and health standards, and reporting procedures for
certain injuries, fatalities, or property damage of at least
$20,000.

The bill also requires the board to establish reliability and
maintenance service standards for worker safety, including
requirements to demonstrate necessary skills and certification
to perform critical functions.  The board will also establish
minimum customer service standards for all electric or gas
companies providing service in the state, including sufficient
personnel to meet customer needs, timely action on requests for
service and trouble reports, accurate billing information, a
toll-free hotline, and certain information disclosures to retail
customers upon request.

Any electric or gas company undertaking significant downsizing,
merger, or other similar transaction is required to prepare a
worker transition plan within 180 days of the final date of the
transaction.  The company must inform affected employees prior
to filing the final plan, and file notice with the board of any
action that will result in layoffs.  The plan must include such
benefits to workers as voluntary severance, retraining, and
outplacement services.  The bill also requires the succeeding
entity to recognize and work with the union representing the
employees after the merger or other transaction if the company
is party to a collective bargaining agreement recognized by
federal or state law.  The succeeding entity will refrain from
making unilateral changes in the employees' terms and conditions
of employment for a period of 3 years or until the existing
contract expires, whichever is later.

The bill has an emergency clause.


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