LD 807 LR 1592(01)
An Act Regarding the Duties of the Public Advocate
Preliminary Fiscal Impact Statement for Original Bill
Sponsor: Sen. Miramant of Knox
Committee: Energy Utilities and Technology
Fiscal Note Required: Yes
Preliminary Fiscal Impact Statement
FY 2019-20 FY 2020-21 Projections  FY 2021-22 Projections  FY 2022-23
Other Special Revenue Funds $75,624 $75,624 $75,624 $75,624
Other Special Revenue Funds $75,624 $75,624 $75,624 $75,624
Fiscal Detail and Notes
This bill would remove language that prohibits the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) from intervening in any proceedings in which the Public Utilities Commission is representing a position substantially similar to that of the Public Advocate.  This removal would allow the OPA to participate in additional proceedings. As a result, the OPA will require annual allocations for the Public Advocate Regulatory Fund of $75,624 beginning in fiscal year 2019-20 to fund additional staff activities related to the proceedings. 
Because the OPA is funded by an assessment set to produce sufficient revenue for the expenditures allocated by the Legislature for operating the OPA, any increased allocations would require a corresponding increase in revenue to the Public Advocate Regulatory Fund from the assessment on the intrastate gross operating revenues of utility and qualified telecommunications providers.