SB 1000 - An Act to Amend Sections 315 and 583 of the Public Utilities Code, Relating to the Public Utilities Commission.

Public Utilities Commission: records. 2011-2012 Legislature. View bill details
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Summary:
(1)Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has regulatory authority over public utilities and can establish its own procedures, subject to statutory limitations or directions and constitutional requirements of due process. The Public Utilities Act requires the commission to investigate the cause of all accidents occurring upon the property of any public utility or directly or… More
(1)Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has regulatory authority over public utilities and can establish its own procedures, subject to statutory limitations or directions and constitutional requirements of due process. The Public Utilities Act requires the commission to investigate the cause of all accidents occurring upon the property of any public utility or directly or indirectly arising from or connected with its maintenance or operation, resulting in loss of life or injury to person or property and requiring, in the judgment of the commission, investigation by it, and authorizes the commission to make any order or recommendation with respect to the investigation that it determines to be just and reasonable.

This bill would require that any order or recommendation made by the commission and any accident report filed with, or generated by, the commission pursuant to these requirements be made available and ready for public review in compliance with the California Public Records Act and these provisions.

(2)The Public Utilities Act prohibits the commission or an officer or employee of the commission from disclosing any information furnished to the commission by a public utility, a subsidiary, an affiliate, or corporation holding a controlling interest in a public utility, unless the information is specifically required to be open to public inspection under the act, except on order of the commission or a commissioner in the course of a hearing or proceeding. The act provides that any present or former officer or employee of the commission who divulges this information is guilty of a misdemeanor.This bill would require the commission, for those records subject to public disclosure, to determine, prior to disclosing any record, whether any exemptions to the California Public Records Act or other law restricting disclosure applies to that record. This bill would require the commission to create a list of safety-related reports submitted by gas corporations or electrical corporations that the commission would, upon completion of the reports, automatically disclose to the public. The bill would require the commission, prior to disclosing any record, to determine whether any exemptions to the California Public Records Act or other law restricting disclosure apply to that record. The bill would require the commission to post certain information on its Internet Web site. Hide
 
Status:
The bill was voted on by an Assembly committee on June 25, 2012. 
Senate Vote: On Passage

PASSED on May 30, 2012.

voted YES: 23 voted NO: 14
3 voted present/not voting

An Act to Amend Sections 315 and 583 of the Public Utilities Code, Relating to the Public Utilities Commission.

SB 1000 — 2011-2012 Legislature

Summary
(1)Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has regulatory authority over public utilities and can establish its own procedures, subject to statutory limitations or directions and constitutional requirements of due process. The Public Utilities Act requires the commission to investigate the cause of all accidents occurring upon the property of any public utility or directly or indirectly arising from or connected with its maintenance or operation, resulting in loss of life or injury to person or property and requiring, in the judgment of the commission, investigation by it, and authorizes the commission to make any order or recommendation with respect to the investigation that it determines to be just and reasonable.

This bill would require that any order or recommendation made by the commission and any accident report filed with, or generated by, the commission pursuant to these requirements be made available and ready for public review in compliance with the California Public Records Act and these provisions.

(2)The Public Utilities Act prohibits the commission or an officer or employee of the commission from disclosing any information… More
(1)Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has regulatory authority over public utilities and can establish its own procedures, subject to statutory limitations or directions and constitutional requirements of due process. The Public Utilities Act requires the commission to investigate the cause of all accidents occurring upon the property of any public utility or directly or indirectly arising from or connected with its maintenance or operation, resulting in loss of life or injury to person or property and requiring, in the judgment of the commission, investigation by it, and authorizes the commission to make any order or recommendation with respect to the investigation that it determines to be just and reasonable.

This bill would require that any order or recommendation made by the commission and any accident report filed with, or generated by, the commission pursuant to these requirements be made available and ready for public review in compliance with the California Public Records Act and these provisions.

(2)The Public Utilities Act prohibits the commission or an officer or employee of the commission from disclosing any information furnished to the commission by a public utility, a subsidiary, an affiliate, or corporation holding a controlling interest in a public utility, unless the information is specifically required to be open to public inspection under the act, except on order of the commission or a commissioner in the course of a hearing or proceeding. The act provides that any present or former officer or employee of the commission who divulges this information is guilty of a misdemeanor.This bill would require the commission, for those records subject to public disclosure, to determine, prior to disclosing any record, whether any exemptions to the California Public Records Act or other law restricting disclosure applies to that record. This bill would require the commission to create a list of safety-related reports submitted by gas corporations or electrical corporations that the commission would, upon completion of the reports, automatically disclose to the public. The bill would require the commission, prior to disclosing any record, to determine whether any exemptions to the California Public Records Act or other law restricting disclosure apply to that record. The bill would require the commission to post certain information on its Internet Web site. Hide
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Title
An Act to Amend Sections 315 and 583 of the Public Utilities Code, Relating to the Public Utilities Commission.
Author(s)
Leland Yee
Co-Authors
Subjects
  • Public Utilities Commission: records
Major Actions
Introduced2/06/2012
Referred to Committee
Passed Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications4/17/2012
Passed Senate Committee on Judiciary4/24/2012
Passed Senate Committee on Appropriations5/14/2012
Failed passage in Senate5/21/2012
Passed Senate5/21/2012
Passed Senate5/30/2012
Failed passage in Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce6/25/2012
Bill History
Chamber/CommitteeMotionDateResult
select this voteSenate Committee on Energy, Utilities and CommunicationsDo pass, but re-refer to the Committee on Judiciary.4/17/2012This motion PASSED the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications
7 voted YES 4 voted NO 2 voted present/not voting
select this voteSenate Committee on JudiciaryDo pass, but re-refer to the Committee on Appropriations.4/24/2012This motion PASSED the Senate Committee on Judiciary
4 voted YES 1 voted NO 0 voted present/not voting
select this voteSenate Committee on AppropriationsDo pass.5/14/2012This motion PASSED the Senate Committee on Appropriations
5 voted YES 2 voted NO 0 voted present/not voting
select this voteSenateSenate 3rd Reading SB1000 Yee5/21/2012This bill DID NOT PASS the Senate
19 voted YES 17 voted NO 4 voted present/not voting
select this voteSenateSenate 3rd Reading SB1000 Yee Reconsider5/21/2012This bill PASSED the Senate
37 voted YES 0 voted NO 3 voted present/not voting
currently selectedSenateSenate 3rd Reading SB1000 Yee5/30/2012This bill PASSED the Senate
23 voted YES 14 voted NO 3 voted present/not voting
select this voteAssembly Committee on Utilities and CommerceDo pass as amended and be re-referred to the Committee on Governmental Organization.6/25/2012This motion DID NOT PASS the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce
4 voted YES 0 voted NO 11 voted present/not voting
ActionDateDescription
Introduced2/06/2012
2/06/2012Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.
2/07/2012From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 8.
2/16/2012Referred to Coms. on E., U. & C. and JUD.
3/02/2012Set for hearing March 20.
3/19/2012Hearing postponed by committee.
3/27/2012Set for hearing April 17.
4/10/2012From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on E., U. & C.
4/17/2012From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on JUD. (Ayes 7. Noes 4. Page 3205.) (April 17). Re-referred to Com. on JUD.
select this voteVote4/17/2012Do pass, but re-refer to the Committee on Judiciary.
4/18/2012From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on JUD.
4/19/2012Set for hearing April 24.
select this voteVote4/24/2012Do pass, but re-refer to the Committee on Appropriations.
4/25/2012From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 4. Noes 1. Page 3309.) (April 24). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
4/27/2012Set for hearing May 7.
5/03/2012Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
5/04/2012Set for hearing May 14.
select this voteVote5/14/2012Do pass.
5/15/2012From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 5. Noes 2. Page 3513.) (May 14).
5/16/2012Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
5/21/2012Motion to reconsider made by Senator Yee. Reconsideration granted. (Ayes 37. Noes 0. Page 3557.) Read third time. Refused passage. (Ayes 19. Noes 17. Page 3556.)
select this voteSenate Vote on Passage5/21/2012Senate 3rd Reading SB1000 Yee
select this voteSenate Vote on Passage5/21/2012Senate 3rd Reading SB1000 Yee Reconsider
5/23/2012Read third time and amended. Ordered to second reading.
5/24/2012Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
5/30/2012Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 23. Noes 14. Page 3697.) Ordered to the Assembly.
5/30/2012In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.
currently selectedSenate Vote on Passage5/30/2012Senate 3rd Reading SB1000 Yee
6/07/2012Referred to Coms. on U. & C. and G.O.
6/14/2012From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on U. & C.
6/18/2012Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
6/25/2012Set, second hearing. Failed passage in committee.
select this voteVote6/25/2012Do pass as amended and be re-referred to the Committee on Governmental Organization.

Total contributions given to Senators from Other unions, which…

opposed this bill

Other unions$205,650
$205,650

10 Organizations Supported and 13 Opposed; See Which Ones

Organizations that took a position on
An Act to Amend Sections 315 and 583 of the Public Utilities Code, Relating to the Public Utilities Commission.: Senate 3rd Reading SB1000 Yee

10 organizations supported this bill

AARP
Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (2012, April 16). Senate Committee Analysis. Retrieved June 8, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
Agricultural Energy Consumers Association
Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (2012, April 16). Senate Committee Analysis. Retrieved June 8, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
California Newspaper Publishers Association
Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (2012, April 16). Senate Committee Analysis. Retrieved June 8, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
California Public Utilities Commission
Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (2012, April 16). Senate Committee Analysis. Retrieved June 8, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
California Teamsters Public Affairs Council
Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (2012, April 16). Senate Committee Analysis. Retrieved June 8, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
City of Belmont
(2012, May 24). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved June 8, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
Consumer Federation of California
Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (2012, April 16). Senate Committee Analysis. Retrieved June 8, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
South San Joaquin Irrigation District
Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (2012, April 16). Senate Committee Analysis. Retrieved June 8, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
The Utility Reform Network
Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (2012, April 16). Senate Committee Analysis. Retrieved June 8, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
Utility Workers Union of America Local 132
Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (2012, April 16). Senate Committee Analysis. Retrieved June 8, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.

13 organizations opposed this bill

AT&T
Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (2012, April 16). Senate Committee Analysis. Retrieved June 8, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
California Cable & Telecommunications Association
Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (2012, April 16). Senate Committee Analysis. Retrieved June 8, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
California Communications Association
Senate Committee on Judiciary (2012, April 23). Senate Committee Analysis. Retrieved June 8, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
California State Association of Electrical Workers
Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (2012, April 16). Senate Committee Analysis. Retrieved June 8, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
Coalition of California Utility Employees
Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (2012, April 16). Senate Committee Analysis. Retrieved June 8, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
CTIA - The Wireless Association
Senate Committee on Judiciary (2012, April 23). Senate Committee Analysis. Retrieved June 8, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
Frontier Communications
Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (2012, April 16). Senate Committee Analysis. Retrieved June 8, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
PacifiCorp
Senate Committee on Judiciary (2012, April 23). Senate Committee Analysis. Retrieved June 8, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
San Diego Gas & Electric
Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (2012, April 16). Senate Committee Analysis. Retrieved June 8, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
Sempra Energy
Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (2012, April 16). Senate Committee Analysis. Retrieved June 8, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
Southern California Edison
Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (2012, April 16). Senate Committee Analysis. Retrieved June 8, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
Southern California Gas Company
Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications (2012, April 16). Senate Committee Analysis. Retrieved June 8, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
Verizon Communications
Senate Committee on Judiciary (2012, April 23). Senate Committee Analysis. Retrieved June 8, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.

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Includes reported contributions to campaigns of Senators in office on day of vote, from Other unions interest groups, January 1, 2009 – December 31, 2012.
Contributions data source: FollowTheMoney.org

Contributions by Legislator

Namesort iconPartyDistrict$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Vote
Elaine AlquistDCA-13$0$0
Joel AndersonRCA-36$0$0
Tom BerryhillRCA-14$0$0
Sam BlakesleeRCA-15$0$0
Ron CalderonDCA-30$0$9,800
Anthony CannellaRCA-12$0$0
Ellen CorbettDCA-10$0$5,000
Lou CorreaDCA-34$0$13,700
Kevin De LeonDCA-22$0$8,000
Mark DeSaulnierDCA-7$0$17,050
Bob DuttonRCA-31$0$0
Bill EmmersonRCA-37$0$0
Noreen EvansDCA-2$0$14,350
Jean FullerRCA-18$0$1,000
Ted GainesRCA-1$0$0
Loni HancockDCA-9$0$12,450
Tom HarmanRCA-35$0$0
Ed HernandezDCA-24$0$14,000
Bob HuffRCA-29$0$0
Christine KehoeDCA-39$0$3,000
Doug La MalfaRCA-4$0$0
Mark LenoDCA-3$0$16,300
Ted LieuDCA-28$0$13,000
Carol LiuDCA-21$0$1,000
Alan LowenthalDCA-27$0$0
Gloria Negrete McLeodDCA-32$0$6,000
Alex PadillaDCA-20$0$4,000
Fran PavleyDCA-23$0$7,900
Curren PriceDCA-26$0$7,100
Michael RubioDCA-16$0$9,200
Sharon RunnerRCA-17$0$0
Joe SimitianDCA-11$0$6,000
Darrell SteinbergDCA-6$0$5,500
Tony StricklandRCA-19$0$0
Juan VargasDCA-40$0$14,700
Mimi WaltersRCA-33$0$0
Lois WolkDCA-5$0$4,500
Rod WrightDCA-25$0$3,300
Mark WylandRCA-38$0$0
Leland YeeDCA-8$0$8,800

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NamePartyDistrict$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Vote
Elaine AlquistDCA-13$1,500$3,750
Joel AndersonRCA-36$5,000$91,550
Tom BerryhillRCA-14$1,500$69,149
Sam BlakesleeRCA-15$0$0
Ron CalderonDCA-30$3,000$68,047
Anthony CannellaRCA-12$1,000$31,550
Ellen CorbettDCA-10$4,350$27,400
Lou CorreaDCA-34$4,500$64,571
Kevin De LeonDCA-22$10,900$149,305
Mark DeSaulnierDCA-7$8,000$131,190
Bob DuttonRCA-31$1,000$38,550
Bill EmmersonRCA-37$1,000$53,950
Noreen EvansDCA-2$150$70,050
Jean FullerRCA-18$2,000$87,900
Ted GainesRCA-1$5,400$65,951
Loni HancockDCA-9$10,200$69,750
Tom HarmanRCA-35$4,000$26,300
Ed HernandezDCA-24$10,300$95,240
Bob HuffRCA-29$1,000$70,650
Christine KehoeDCA-39$0$31,200
Doug La MalfaRCA-4$0$19,100
Mark LenoDCA-3$4,700$42,675
Ted LieuDCA-28$5,400$79,400
Carol LiuDCA-21$2,100$48,124
Alan LowenthalDCA-27$0$0
Gloria Negrete McLeodDCA-32$1,000$35,700
Alex PadillaDCA-20$6,500$102,514
Fran PavleyDCA-23$9,900$27,950
Curren PriceDCA-26$7,000$103,500
Michael RubioDCA-16$4,000$104,100
Sharon RunnerRCA-17$0$4,000
Joe SimitianDCA-11$500$32,300
Darrell SteinbergDCA-6$8,188$55,559
Tony StricklandRCA-19$100$30,700
Juan VargasDCA-40$5,100$65,192
Mimi WaltersRCA-33$0$56,950
Lois WolkDCA-5$1,750$37,550
Rod WrightDCA-25$8,600$120,389
Mark WylandRCA-38$2,000$31,550
Leland YeeDCA-8$2,000$34,000

Interest Groups that supported this bill

$ Donated
Teamsters unions$91,000
Book, newspaper & periodical publishing$30,738
Municipal & county government organizations$21,900
Elderly issues & Social Security$0
Miscellaneous agriculture$0
Consumer groups$0
Energy-related unions (non-mining)$0

Interest Groups that opposed this bill

$ Donated
Telecommunications$962,506
Electrical workers/IBEW$454,350
Gas & electric utilities$296,977
Other unions$205,650
Electric power utilities$203,575
Paging & cellular phones and services$108,549
Cable & satellite TV operators$45,200
Natural gas transmission & distribution$500
Telephone utilities$0
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