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Disclosure requirements for utilities (new law)

Published (5/25/2012)
By Nick Busse
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Public utility companies will be required to itemize their lobbying disclosure reports instead of just reporting a single, summary dollar amount.

A new law is designed to help the public distinguish between different types of lobbying activity by electric utilities. It will require them to separate out normal lobbying activity from cases of rate setting, certificates of need, and power plant and power-line siting in their disclosure reports.

The utilities requested the change. They argued that the old requirement of reporting a single number made it appear as if their lobbying expenditures were unusually high, when in fact much of what fell under the disclosure reporting requirements didn’t amount to “lobbying” in the usual sense.

The law takes effect March 15, 2013. Rep. Joyce Peppin (R-Rogers) and Sen. Ray Vandeveer (R-Forest Lake) are the sponsors.

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