CHAPTER 368

FORMERLY

SENATE BILL NO. 601

AS AMENDED BY

SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 2

AN ACT TO OBTAIN REPRESENTATION FOR DELAWARE RATEPAYERS IN A FORTH COMING PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION HEARING AND DECISION ON A RATE INCREASE REQUEST BY DELMARVA POWER AND LIGHT COMPANY; AND PROVIDING AN APPROPRIATION THEREFOR.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

WHEREAS, it is the desire of the General Assembly to provide at least minimal representation for Delaware ratepayers in a forth coming rate increase request by Delmarva Power and Light Company in which the utility company is strongly represented by counsel, and in addition has at least three intervenors on behalf of its rate increase requests, and it is the desire of the General Assembly to provide funding for two parties in the matter who have already filed as intervenors on behalf of large portions of the Delaware general public, and;

WHEREAS, the General Assembly hereby declares that the representation afforded by the intervenors designated by this Act is a legitimate function within the operation of the Commission, and the Commission is required by law to permit said intervenors to fully participate in the rate increase hearing as parties in interest, and without harassment, intimidation or the imposition of procedural technicalities, and;

WHEREAS, it is the desire that in Docket No. 923 (1978) of the Public Service Commission, being a request by the Delmarva Power and Light Company for a rate increase, intervenor Citizens Coalition for Tax Reform and intervenor Victor Singer to be designated as intervenors on behalf of all Delaware rate payers affected or to be affected by the decision of the Public Service Commisson in said Docket No. 923.

Section 1. There is hereby authorized to be expended from the Public Service Commission Regulatory Revolving Fund the sum of $40.000 in addition to those funds authorized in the approved Budget for its Contractual Services to June 30, 1978 for the purpose of providing legal and technical services to assist the Citizens Coalition for Tax Reform and Victor Singer (intervenors in Public Service Commission Docket 923 (1978).

Approved June 22, 1978.