Session of 1999
By Committee on Utilities

  9             AN  ACT concerning natural gas service; providing for competition in
10             retail sales.
12       Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
13             Section  1. (a) As used in this section:
14             (1) "Commission" means the state corporation commission.
15             (2) "Distribution" means the business of distribution of natural gas
16       or the ownership, operation or control of distribution facilities.
17             (3) "Distribution facility" means any plant or equipment, other than
18       a transportation facility, that is used for the distribution of natural gas.
19             (4) "Retail supplier" means a person or entity selling or offering to
20       sell natural gas at retail in this state.
21             (5) "Transportation" means the business of transporting natural gas
22       or the ownership, operation or control of transportation facilities. "Trans-
23       portation" does not include delivery of natural gas service to a retail
24       customer.
25             (6) "Transportation facility" means any plant or equipment that is
26       used for the transportation of natural gas and is under the jurisdiction of
27       the federal energy regulatory commission.
28             (b) The commission shall develop and implement a plan to allow all
29       retail natural gas customers in this state to select a retail supplier of the
30       customer's choice on and after July 1, 2002.
31             (c) On and after July 1, 2002, for the purposes of chapter 66 of the
32       Kansas Statutes Annotated, "natural gas public utility" does not include
33       the business of selling or offering to sell natural gas at retail.
34             (d) For all taxable years commencing on or after July 1, 2002, for the
35       purposes of K.S.A. 79-1439 and amendments thereto:
36             (1) Natural gas public utility property, whether real or personal, tan-
37       gible or intangible, includes only property subject to regulation and in-
38       cluded in natural gas public utility rate bases by the commission; and
39             (2) all other property of a retail supplier shall be considered property
40       used for commercial and industrial purposes.
41             (e) Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit or otherwise
42       affect the commission's jurisdiction, authority and duty to regulate dis-
43       tribution as a public utility.

SB 217


  1        Sec.  2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
  2       publication in the statute book.