1977 Texas Attorney General Reports and Opinions 3851 (1977)

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January 4, 1977

The Honorable Ron Clower
Chairman
Consumer Affairs Sub-Committee
State Senate
State Capitol Building
Austin, Texas 78711

Opinion No. H-919
Re: Effective date of
section 24 of the Public
Utility Regulatory Act,
article 1446c, V.T.C.S.,
authorizing municipalities
to hire rate consultants
and be reimbursed by
utilities.

Dear Senator Clower:
You have requested our opinion concerning the effective
date of section 24 of the Public Utility Regulatory Act,
article 1446c, V.T.C.S. This section provides:
The governing body of any municipality
shall have the right to select and engage
rate consultants, accountants, auditors,
attorneys, engineers, or any combination
thereof, to conduct investigations, present
evidence, advise and represent the governing
body, and assist with litigation on public
utility ratemaking proceedings; and the.
public utility engaged in such proceedings
shall be required to reimburse the governing
body for the reasonable costs of such services.
The effective date of the Act was September 1, 1975,
as provided in section 88. This is the applicable date unless
section 87 was intended to delay the exercise of the section
24 power by municipalities. Section 87 provides:

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