House File 2448 - Reprinted HOUSE FILE 2448 BY COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT (SUCCESSOR TO HSB 640) (As Amended and Passed by the House April 5, 2016 ) A BILL FOR An Act relating to the construction, erection, maintenance, 1 operation, or sale of specified electric transmission lines, 2 and including effective date and applicability provisions. 3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 4 HF 2448 (3) 86 rn/sc/md
H.F. 2448 Section 1. NEW SECTION . 478.6A Merchant line franchises 1 —— requirements —— limitations. 2 1. a. For purposes of this section, “bifurcation” means 3 the conducting of two separate hearings when a petition 4 involves the taking of property under eminent domain, one 5 hearing considering whether the proposed line is necessary to 6 serve a public use and represents a reasonable relationship 7 to an overall plan of transmitting electricity in the public 8 interest, and the other considering the granting of eminent 9 domain authority. 10 b. For purposes of this section, “merchant line” means a 11 high-voltage direct current electric transmission line which 12 does not provide for the erection of electric substations at 13 intervals of less than fifty miles, which substations are 14 necessary to accommodate both the purchase and sale to persons 15 located in this state of electricity generated or transmitted 16 by the franchisee. 17 2. A petition for a franchise to construct a merchant line, 18 in addition to any other applicable requirements pursuant to 19 this chapter, shall be subject to all of the following: 20 a. The board shall not permit the bifurcation in any manner 21 of a petition and shall reject any request by a petitioner for 22 bifurcation. 23 b. Notwithstanding section 478.10, the sale and transfer of 24 a merchant line, by voluntary or judicial sale or otherwise, 25 shall not carry with it the transfer of the franchise. 26 c. Notwithstanding section 478.21, if a petition that 27 involves the taking of property under eminent domain is not 28 approved by the board and a franchise granted within three 29 years following the date of the first informational meeting 30 held in any county regarding the petition, pursuant to section 31 478.2, the utilities board shall reject the petition and make a 32 record of the rejection. A petitioner may not file a petition 33 for the same or a similar project that has been rejected under 34 this subsection within sixty months following the date of 35 -1- HF 2448 (3) 86 rn/sc/md 1/ 2
H.F. 2448 rejection. 1 d. The board shall not grant a petition that involves the 2 taking of property under eminent domain unless a minimum of 3 seventy-five percent of the easements necessary to construct 4 the project have been obtained voluntarily. 5 e. In considering whether to grant a petition that involves 6 the taking of property under eminent domain, section 478.3, 7 subsection 3, is not applicable, and the term “public” shall be 8 interpreted to be limited to consumers located in this state. 9 Sec. 2. EFFECTIVE UPON ENACTMENT. This Act, being deemed of 10 immediate importance, takes effect upon enactment. 11 Sec. 3. APPLICABILITY. This Act is applicable to petitions 12 for franchise filed on or after November 1, 2014, that have not 13 been approved by the utilities board on or after the effective 14 date of this Act, and to petitions for franchise filed on or 15 after the effective date of this Act. 16 -2- HF 2448 (3) 86 rn/sc/md 2/ 2