Bill Text: CA AB2556 | 2011-2012 | Regular Session | Introduced

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Bill Title: Electrical lines: trimming of trees.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced - Dead) 2012-05-25 - In committee: Set, second hearing. Held under submission. [AB2556 Detail]

Download: California-2011-AB2556-Introduced.html
BILL NUMBER: AB 2556	INTRODUCED
	BILL TEXT


INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Allen

                        FEBRUARY 24, 2012

   An act relating to electricity.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 2556, as introduced, Allen. Electrical lines: trimming of
trees.
   Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has
regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical
corporations, as defined, while local publicly owned electric
utilities, as defined, are under the direction of their governing
boards. Existing law, except as specified, requires any person that
owns, controls, operates, or maintains any electrical transmission or
distribution line upon any mountainous, forest-covered,
brush-covered, or grass-covered land to maintain a clearance in all
directions between all vegetation and all conductors that are
carrying electric current, as prescribed. Pursuant to its existing
authority, the PUC has adopted rules applicable to electrical
corporations for the construction of electrical lines and the
trimming of trees near electrical lines.
   This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact
subsequent legislation to modify existing requirements followed by
electrical corporations and local publicly owned electric utilities
in the trimming of trees and other vegetation to adequately protect
public safety while implementing good forestry practices, protecting
heritage trees, and respecting community values.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no.
State-mandated local program: no.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  It is the intent of the Legislature to enact subsequent
legislation to modify existing requirements followed by electrical
corporations and local publicly owned electric utilities in the
trimming of trees and other vegetation to adequately protect public
safety while implementing good forestry practices, protecting
heritage trees, and respecting community values.                 
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