AB 1058

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Passed Assembly Apr 29, 2021
  • Passed Senate Aug 30, 2021
  • Signed by Governor Sep 23, 2021

Large water corporations: bill payment options.

Abstract

Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical, gas, and water corporations. Existing law authorizes the commission to fix the rates and charges for every public utility, and requires that those rates and charges be just and reasonable. Existing law authorizes an electrical, gas, or water corporation to offer credit card and debit card bill payment options, if approved by the commission, and, upon approval, authorizes an electrical, gas, or water corporation to recover, through an individual customer transaction fee, reasonable transaction costs incurred by the electrical, gas, or water corporation from those customers that choose those methods of payment. Existing law, until January 1, 2022, authorizes a water corporation with more than 10,000 service connections to seek commission approval, through its general rate case application, to operate a pilot program designed to evaluate customer interest in, and utilization of, bill payment options, including, but not limited to, credit card, debit card, and prepaid card bill payment options, and to assess the cost-effectiveness of, and customer interests served by, customer access to those bill payment options. Existing law limits the duration of a pilot program to the duration of the water corporation's rate case cycle. Existing law requires the commission to allow a water corporation to recover the reasonable expenses incurred by the water corporation in providing its customers with these bill payment options, but allows water corporations to not impose a transaction fee on its customers for using these bill payment options. This bill would delete the time-limited pilot program provisions, require the commission to authorize a water corporation with 10,000 or more service connections, unrelated to its rate case cycle, to recover the reasonable expenses incurred by the water corporation in providing bill payment options to its customers, and not require the water corporation to impose a transaction fee on its customers. Existing law prohibits the costs of a pilot program from being collected from customers who participate in the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program or the Customer Assistance Program (CAP) for low-income water ratepayers. The CARE and CAP programs have the same eligibility criteria and method of qualification. This bill would prohibit a water corporation from recovering the costs of offering the bill payment options to its customers from participants in the CAP program. Under existing law, a violation of the Public Utilities Act or any order, decision, rule, direction, demand, or requirement of the commission is a crime. Because the provisions of this bill would be a part of the act and because a violation of an order or decision of the commission implementing its requirements would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program by creating a new crime. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Bill Sponsors (1)

Votes


Actions


Sep 23, 2021

California State Legislature

Approved by the Governor.

California State Legislature

Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 269, Statutes of 2021.

Sep 08, 2021

California State Legislature

Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4:30 p.m.

Sep 01, 2021

Assembly

Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 78. Noes 0.).

Assembly

Assembly Rule 77 suspended. (Ayes 54. Noes 16.)

Aug 31, 2021

Assembly

In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after September 2 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.

Aug 30, 2021

Senate

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 39. Noes 0.).

Aug 24, 2021

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Aug 23, 2021

Senate

Read third time and amended. Ordered to second reading.

Jun 22, 2021

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Jun 21, 2021

Senate

From committee: Be ordered to second reading pursuant to Senate Rule 28.8.

Jun 15, 2021

Senate

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 12. Noes 0.) (June 14). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

May 12, 2021

Senate

Referred to Com. on E., U. & C.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on E., U. & C.

May 03, 2021

Senate

In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.

Apr 29, 2021

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 77. Noes 0. Page 1252.)

Apr 22, 2021

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to Consent Calendar.

Apr 21, 2021

Assembly

From committee: Do pass. To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 14. Noes 0.) (April 21).

Apr 13, 2021

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Apr 12, 2021

Assembly

Read second time and amended.

Apr 08, 2021

Assembly

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 15. Noes 0.) (April 7).

Mar 04, 2021

Assembly

Referred to Com. on U. & E.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on U. & E.

Feb 19, 2021

Assembly

From printer. May be heard in committee March 21.

Feb 18, 2021

Assembly

Read first time. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
AB1058 HTML
02/18/21 - Introduced PDF
04/12/21 - Amended Assembly PDF
08/23/21 - Amended Senate PDF
09/03/21 - Enrolled PDF
09/23/21 - Chaptered PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
04/06/21- Assembly Committee on Utilities and Energy PDF
04/19/21- Assembly Appropriations PDF
06/21/21- Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications PDF
06/23/21- Sen. Floor Analyses PDF
08/25/21- Sen. Floor Analyses PDF
08/31/21- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS PDF

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