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Regulatory flexibility committee
Sec. 9. (a) A regulatory flexibility committee established under IC 8-1-2.6-4 to monitor changes in the telephone industry shall also serve to monitor changes and competition in the energy utility industry.
(b) The commission shall before August 15 of each year prepare for presentation to the regulatory flexibility committee an analysis of the effects of competition or changes in the energy utility industry on service and on the pricing of all energy utility services under the jurisdiction of the commission.
(c) In addition to reviewing the commission report prepared under subsection (b), the regulatory flexibility committee shall also issue a report and recommendations to the legislative council before November 1 of each year that are based on a review of the following issues:
(1) The effects of competition or changes in the energy utility industry and the impact of the competition or changes on the residential rates.
(2) The status of modernization of the energy utility facilities in Indiana and the incentives required to further enhance this infrastructure.
(3) The effects on economic development of this modernization.
(4) The traditional method of regulating energy utilities and the method's effectiveness.
(5) The economic and social effectiveness of traditional energy utility service pricing.
(6) The effects of legislation enacted by the United States Congress.
(7) All other energy utility issues the committee considers appropriate; however, it is not the intent of this section to provide for the review of the statutes cited in section 11 of this chapter.
The report and recommendations issued under this subsection to the legislative council must be in an electronic format under IC 5-14-6.
Regulatory flexibility committee; legislative standing committees; subject matter jurisdiction; reports
Sec. 4. (a) A regulatory flexibility committee is established to monitor competition in the telecommunications industry.
(b) The committee is composed of the members of a house standing committee selected by the speaker of the house of representatives and a senate standing committee selected by the president pro tempore of the senate. In selecting standing committees under this subsection, the speaker and president pro tempore shall determine which standing committee of the house of representatives and the senate, respectively, has subject matter jurisdiction that most closely relates to the electricity, gas, energy policy, and telecommunications jurisdiction of the regulatory flexibility committee. The chairpersons of the standing committees selected under this subsection shall co-chair the regulatory flexibility committee.
(c) The commission shall, by July 1 of each year, prepare for presentation to the regulatory flexibility committee a report that includes the following:
(1) An analysis of the effects of competition and technological change on universal service and on pricing of all telecommunications services offered in Indiana.
(2) An analysis of the status of competition and technological change in the provision of video service (as defined in IC 8-1-34-14) to Indiana customers, as determined by the commission in carrying out its duties under IC 8-1-34. The commission's analysis under this subdivision must include a description of:
(A) the number of multichannel video programming distributors offering video service to Indiana customers;
(B) the technologies used to provide video service to Indiana customers; and
(C) the effects of competition on the pricing and availability of video service in Indiana.
(3) Beginning with the report due July 1,2007, and in each report due in an odd-numbered year after July 1, 2007:
(A) an identification of all telecommunications rules and policies that are eliminated by the commission under section 4.1 of this chapter during the two (2) most recent state fiscal years; and
(B) an explanation why the telecommunications rules and policies identified under clause (A) are no longer in the public interest or necessary to protect consumers.
(d) In addition to reviewing the commission report prepared under subsection (c), the regulatory flexibility committee shall also issue a report and recommendations to the legislative council by November 1 of each year that is based on a review of the following issues:
(1) The effects of competition and technological change in the telecommunications industry and impact of competition on available subsidies used to maintain universal service.
(2) The status of modernization of the publicly available telecommunications infrastructure in Indiana and the incentives required to further enhance this infrastructure.
(3) The effects on economic development and educational opportunities of the modernization described in subdivision (2).
(4) The current methods of regulating providers, at both the federal and state levels, and the effectiveness of the methods.
(5) The economic and social effectiveness of current telecommunications service pricing.
(6) All other telecommunications issues the committee deems appropriate. The report and recommendations issued under this subsection to the legislative council must be in an electronic format under IC 5-14-6.
(e) The regulatory flexibility committee shall meet on the call of the co-chairpersons to study telecommunications issues described in subsection (d). The committee shall, with the approval of the commission, retain the independent consultants the committee considers appropriate to assist the committee in the review and study. The expenses for the consultants shall be paid by the commission. As added by P.L.92-1985, SEC.1. Amended by P.L.23-1988, SEC.33; P.L.55-1992, SEC.1; P.L.224¬2003, SEC.277; P.L.28-2004, SEC.71; P.L.27-2006, SEC.20.