language to be deleted (2) new language
relating to utilities; making technical change relating to ex parte rules of Public Utilities Commission;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 216A.037, subdivision 1.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
(a) The commission shall adopt rules under chapter 14 prescribing permissible and impermissible ex parte communications. The ex parte rules may prohibit only ex parte communications, directly or indirectly, between a commissioner and a participant under the commission's rules of practice and procedure relating to:
(1) a material issue during a pending contested case proceeding;
(2) a material issue in a rulemaking proceeding after the beginning of commission deliberations;
(3) a material issue in a disputed formal petition; and
(4) any other communication impermissible by law.
(b) The commission may apply ex parte prohibitions, prospectively and after notice to affected parties, to other commission proceedings as the commission deems necessary.
(c) A contested case is pending from the time the commission refers the matter to the Office of Administrative Hearings until the commission has issued its final order, and the time to petition for reconsideration has expired or the commission has issued an order finally disposing an application for reconsideration, whichever is later.
Presented to the governor May 16, 2007
Signed by the governor May 18, 2007, 5:21 p.m.