ASSEMBLY BILL 1235 (LESLIE – 2002)
CHAPTER 840, STATUTES OF 2002 AB 1235
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As enacted, Assembly Bill 1235 was a single-section bill that added section 377.1 to the Public Utilities Code, relating to public utilities. (See Exhibit #1g) Assembly member Anthony Pescetti introduced this bill on February 23, 2001. (See Exhibit #1a) Assembly member Tim Leslie later replaced Assembly member Pescetti as author of the bill. (See Exhibit #1e)
Assembly Bill 1235 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce and the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibits #3 and #8) The fiscal ramifications of the bill were considered by the Assembly Committee on Appropriations and the Office of Senate Floor Analyses. (See Exhibits #5 and #2) Six amendments were made to Assembly Bill 1235. (See Exhibits #1b through #1g and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Gray Davis signed the bill on September 24, 2002 and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on that day as Chapter 840 of the Statutes of 2002. (See Exhibit #1h)
The Office of Senate Floor Analyses Third Reading analysis of Assembly Bill 1235 as last amended summarized the bill as follows:
This bill exempts, from a prohibition on sale, four Truckee River hydroelectric projects and two hydroelectric projects located on the Naches River in the State of Washington.
(See Exhibit #10)
The purpose of the bill was provided as follows in an Enrolled Bill Report of Assembly Bill 1235 that was prepared by the Department of Water Resources:
The purpose of this bill is to allow the Sierra-Pacific Power Company to complete the transfer of all its facilities related to the service of municipal and industrial water to the Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA), which now serves water to the Reno-Sparks area. These old powerplants (circa 1900) were part of the transfer because their operation is integral to the management of Truckee River water and the provisi8on of municipal and industrial water to Reno and Sparks. The California Public Utilities Code section 851.
(See Exhibit #13, document PE-5)