Bill Summary for H 220 (2021)

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Nov 29 2021

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View NCGA Bill Details2021
House Bill 220 (Public) Filed Wednesday, March 3, 2021
AN ACT TO LIMIT CITIES AND COUNTIES FROM PROHIBITING CONSUMER CHOICE OF ENERGY SERVICE BASED UPON THE TYPE OR SOURCE OF ENERGY TO BE DELIVERED, TO MODIFY PUBLIC RECORDS LAW REGARDING SENSITIVE PUBLIC SECURITY INFORMATION, TO AUTHORIZE THE UTILITIES COMMISSION TO ADOPT PROCEDURES TO ALLOW LESSORS WHO PROVIDE WATER AND SEWER SERVICE TO LESSEES IN CERTAIN DWELLINGS TO CHARGE FOR THE COST OF THE SERVICE IN THE SAME MANNER AS ELECTRIC SERVICE AND NATURAL GAS SERVICE, AND TO MAKE A TECHNICAL CORRECTION.
Intro. by Arp, Miller, Saine, Szoka.

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Senate amendment adds the following to the 5th edition.

Amends GS 62-110 (regulation of public utilities by the Utilities Commission) by doing the following:

(1) Permitting lessors of any leased premises, as defined in GS 42-59, to charge occupants of the leased property for water and sewer services;

(2) Permitting lessors to charge lessees for water/sewer services by equally dividing the water/sewer costs for a unit amongst the lessees in the unit, so long as a lessee's bill is prorated when they do not occupy the leased property for the same number of days as other lessees;

(3) Permitting lessors to charge administrative fees and late fees approved by the Utilities Commission when billing for water/sewer service by equally dividing the costs among lessees in the unit; 

(4) Authorizing the Utilities Commission to adopt procedures that allow a lessor of any leased residential premises, as defined in GS 42-59 (was, a lessor of a single family dwelling, a residential building, or a multiunit apartment complex) that have individually metered units for electric or natural gas service in the lessor's name to charge for the actual costs of providing such service to each lessee. 

(5) Making conforming changes.

Changes the effective date of the act to January 1, 2022 (was, the date the act becomes law). Makes conforming changes to the act's titles. 

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