Introduced by Representatives Errecart of Shelburne, Smith of New Haven, Botzow of Pownal, Brooks of Montpelier, Clark of Vergennes, Clarkson of Woodstock, Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster, Donahue of Northfield, Dostis of Waterbury, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Fisher of Lincoln, Head of S. Burlington, Jewett of Ripton, Klein of East Montpelier, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Maier of Middlebury, Marek of Newfane, Masland of Thetford, McCullough of Williston, Milkey of Brattleboro, Minter of Waterbury, Nuovo of Middlebury, Pellett of Chester, Peterson of Williston, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Pugh of S. Burlington, Reese of Pomfret, Schiavone of Shelburne, Seibert of Norwich, Sharpe of Bristol, Trombley of Grand Isle and Zuckerman of Burlington
Subject: Public service; municipal intervenor funding
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to provide funding for municipalities that contribute significantly to proceedings before the public service board.
AN ACT RELATING TO INTERVENOR FUNDING
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 30 V.S.A. § 34 is added to read:
§ 34. MUNICIPAL INTERVENOR FUNDING
In proceedings under this title, the board shall order, if it determines that an issue will not be or has not been otherwise adequately presented, compensation to a municipality in this state that has been permitted to intervene, other than a municipality defined as a company under section 201 or subdivision 501(3) of this title, for some or all of the reasonable costs of its participation in that proceeding. These costs shall be allocated in the manner provided in section 21 of this title.
(1) At any time established by the board, any municipality seeking compensation pursuant to this section shall state the municipality’s intention to seek compensation and shall demonstrate how the party will meet the requirements of this section.
(2) Upon completion of the proceeding, and before awarding compensation, the board shall find that the municipality’s participation has provided a significant contribution to the resolution of issues significant to the public interest.
(3) The board may, in the interest of judicial economy, require municipal intervenors participating under this section to consolidate their representation on issues in particular proceedings.
(4) Upon request, the board may issue preliminary rulings as to the likelihood that one or more of the criteria of this section will be met.
Sec. 2. EFFECTIVE DATE
This act shall be in effect for proceedings filed with the board after January 1, 2003.
The Vermont General Assembly
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