Substitute for SENATE BILL No. 545*
An Act relating to public utilities; concerning public right-of-way and certain fees and costs;
providing for recovery of certain costs of security measures of certain public utilities.
Section 1. As used in sections 1 and 2, and amendments thereto:
(a) ``Public right-of-way'' means only the area of real property in
which the city has a dedicated or acquired right-of-way interest in the
real property. It shall include the area on, below or above the present
and future streets, alleys, avenues, roads, highways, parkways or boule-
vards dedicated or acquired as right-of-way. The term does not include
the easements obtained by utilities or private easements in platted sub-
divisions or tracts.
(b) ``Public utility'' means all public utilities as defined in K.S.A. 66-
104, and amendments thereto, except that it does not include any public
utilities included in the definitions set forth in K.S.A. 66-1,187, and
Sec. 2. (a) Without prejudice to a public utility's other rights and
authorities, a public utility which is assessed by a city and collects and
remits fees associated with the utility's use, occupancy or maintenance of
such utility's facilities in the public right-of-way may file a tariff with the
state corporation commission to add to such utility's end-user customer's
bill, statement or invoice a surcharge equal to the pro rata share of any
(b) Costs which are incurred by a public utility in excess of those
normal and reasonable costs incurred by a public utility applying good
utility practices due to actions of a city's governing body may file a tariff
with the state corporation commission to add to the bill, statement or
invoice of each end-user customer located within such city through a
surcharge equal to a pro rata share of such costs.
(c) For purposes of this section and section 2, and amendments
thereto, costs shall not include expenses specifically covered by any other
cost recovery mechanism in existence as of April 1, 2002, including but
not limited to franchise fees and relocation expenses.
(d) The fees and costs incurred by the utility identified in subsections
(a) and (b) in excess of the amount included in the utility's existing rates
shall be subject to review by the state corporation commission upon filing
for recovery of the costs in a surcharge. Upon a finding by the commission
that (1) the fees included for recovery in such surcharge were required
to be paid by the utility as the result of action of the governing body of
a city, (2) the costs were incurred as a result of action of the governing
body of such city, (3) such costs were reasonably incurred to meet the
requirements imposed by the governing body of such city and (4) the
surcharge is applied to bills in a reasonable manner and is calculated to
substantially collect the increase in fees and costs charged on the books
and records of the utility, or reduce any existing surcharge based upon a
decrease in fees and costs incurred on the books and records of the utility,
the commission shall approve such tariffs within 30 days of the filing. If
the commission determines that the surcharge is not applied to bills in a
reasonable manner, the costs or portions thereof do not meet the above
requirements or that the calculation is not adequately supported by the
documentation provided in the filing, the commission, at its option, may
either disapprove such tariff within 30 days of the filing and require re-
submission by the utility, suspend the effective date of the tariff for an
additional 60 days to receive appropriate documentation from the utility
and/or modify such tariff in a manner that recovers in a reasonable man-
ner the costs or portions thereof which meet the above requirements.
Any over or under collection of the actual fees and costs charged to ex-
pense on the books of the utility shall be either credited or collected
through the surcharge in subsequent periods. The establishment of a
surcharge under this section shall not be deemed to be a rate increase
for purposes of this act.
(e) Upon the filing of a tariff with the corporation commission pur-
suant to this act, the utility shall deliver to the affected city a complete
copy of the filing. Such copy shall be delivered within 10 days of the filing
with the corporation commission.
Sec. 3. (a) Section 1, and amendments thereto, shall affect only such
costs and fees which are incurred between April 1, 2002, and June 30,
(b) The provisions of this section and sections 1 and 2, and amend-
ments thereto, shall expire on June 30, 2003.
Sec. 4. (a) As used in this section:
(1) ``Electric public utility'' means any electric public utility, as de-
fined in K.S.A. 66-101a, and amendments thereto.
(2) ``Natural gas public utility'' means any natural gas public utility,
as defined in K.S.A. 66-1,200, and amendments thereto.
(b) On and after July 1, 2002, the state corporation commission, upon
application and request, shall authorize electric public utilities and natural
gas public utilities to recover the utility's prudent expenditures for se-
curity measures reasonably required to protect the utility's electric gen-
eration and transmission assets or natural gas production and transpor-
tation assets by an adjustment to the utility's customers' bills. The
application and request shall be subject to such procedures and condi-
tions, including review, in an expedited manner, of the prudence of the
expenditures and the reasonableness of the measures, as the commission
deems appropriate. Such application and request shall be confidential and
subject to protective order of the commission.
(c) The provisions of this section shall expire on July 1, 2004.
Sec. 5. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
publication in the Kansas register.
Approved May 17, 2002.
Published in the Kansas Register May 23, 2002.
Date Composed: 10/10/2002 Date Modified: 10/10/2002