Session of 2000
By Committee on Utilities

10             AN  ACT concerning electric transmission lines; relating to certain hear-
11             ings; amending K.S.A. 66-1,178 and 66-1,179 and repealing the exist-
12             ing sections.
14       Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
15             Section  1. K.S.A. 66-1,178 is hereby amended to read as follows: 66-
16       1,178. (a) No electric utility may begin site preparation for or construction
17       of an electric transmission line, or exercise the right of eminent domain
18       to acquire any interest in land in connection with the site preparation for
19       a construction of any such line without first acquiring a siting permit from
20       the commission. Whenever any such electric utility desires to obtain such
21       a permit, it the utility shall file an application with the commission setting
22       forth therein that it the utility proposes to construct an electric transmis-
23       sion line and specifying the proposed location thereof, the names and
24       addresses of the landowners of record whose land or interest therein is
25       proposed to be acquired in connection with the construction of such a
26       the line and such other information as may be required by the
27       commission.
28             (b) Thereupon Upon the filing of an application pursuant to subsec-
29       tion (a), the commission shall fix a time for a public hearing on such
30       application, which shall be not more than 60 120 days from the date the
31       application was filed, to determine the necessity for and the reasonable-
32       ness of the location of the proposed electric transmission line. The com-
33       mission shall fix the place for hearing, which may be in any county through
34       which the electric transmission line is proposed to traverse.
35             (c) The commission may conduct an evidentiary hearing on an ap-
36       plication filed pursuant to this section at such time and place as the com-
37       mission deems appropriate.
38             Sec.  2. K.S.A. 66-1,179 is hereby amended to read as follows: 66-
39       1,179. The commission shall publish notice of the time, place and subject
40       matter of such the public hearing provided for by K.S.A. 66-1,178 and
41       amendments thereto in newspapers having general circulation in every
42       county through which the electric transmission line is proposed to trav-
43       erse once each week for three (3) consecutive weeks, the last publication


  1       to be not less than five (5) days before such hearing date. The commission
  2       may order the applicant to publish such notice and submit an affidavit of
  3       publication, evidencing the dates of publication and the newspapers in
  4       which the notice appeared, to the commission prior to the hearing. Writ-
  5       ten notice by certified mail of such hearing and a copy of the application
  6       shall be served not less than twenty (20) 20 days prior to the hearing date
  7       upon all landowners, as shown by the application. 
  8       Sec.  3. K.S.A. 66-1,178 and 66-1,179 are hereby repealed.
  9        Sec.  4. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
10       publication in the statute book.