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Utilities Consumer Advocate

Bill #: H.4379

Session: 2017-2018

Topics:

Energy Energy

Outcome

CVSC supported this bill and it did not pass.

House 114-1

H.4379 was introduced as a result of the failed VC Summer nuclear project. In the fall-out of the project, energy reform leaders in the House crafted the bill to create a Consumer Advocate who would argue for ratepayer protections in Public Service Commission rate-making cases. The proposed House bill would have established a consumer advocate in the Attorney General’s office and would have reformed the mission of ORS to no longer include the economic viability of utilities.

H.4379 was introduced by a long list of bipartisan co-sponsors. During debate on the House floor, the bill had several champions including Representatives Ott, Finlay, Clary, McCoy, Toole, Cobb-Hunter, J.E. Smith, and Caskey.

 

  • + Pro Conservation Vote
  • - Anti Conservation Vote
  • EA Excused Absence
  • NV Not Voting
  • NA Not in Office
  • A Abstained (Conflict of Interest)

H.4379 Utilities Consumer Advocate (Second)

After thoughtful debate, the bill passed out of the House with a 114-1 vote on January 23, 2018; sending a signal that House members were taking energy reform and ratepayer protection measures seriously.

Eventually, this bill also passed the Senate on the last day of the legislation session, but failed to make it into law before the legislature adjourned for the year.

  • This is a Pro-Conservation Bill.
  • The Pro-Conservation Vote was YES for passage on second reading in the House.
  • The Bill passed the House on 1/23/18 and the Senate on 5/10/18; but the Senate amendments were never taken up and the bill failed.
Legislator
Party
District
Office
Sponsor
Vote
CVSC Vote
D
59
House
No
Yea
+
R
36
House
No
Yea
+
D
103
House
Yes
Yea
+
D
42
House
No
Yea
+
R
94
House
No
EA
EA
D
57
House
No
Yea
+
R
87
House
No
NV
NV
D
80
House
No
NV
NV
R
71
House
Yes
Yea
+
D
90
House
No
Yea
+
R
24
House
No
Yea
+
R
28
House
No
NA
NA
R
114
House
No
Yea
+
D
78
House
No
Yea
+
R
81
House
Yes
Yea
+
D
122
House
No
Yea
+
R
123
House
No
EA
EA
D
70
House
No
Yea
+
D
116
House
No
Yea
+
R
48
House
No
NV
NV
R
17
House
No
Yea
+
R
89
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
35
House
No
Yea
+
R
3
House
No
Yea
+
R
107
House
No
Yea
+
D
82
House
No
Yea
+
D
66
House
No
Yea
+
R
110
House
No
Yea
+
R
32
House
No
Yea
+
R
5
House
No
Yea
+
R
68
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
117
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
92
House
No
Yea
+
R
100
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
43
House
No
Yea
+
D
23
House
No
Yea
+
D
41
House
No
Yea
+
R
104
House
No
Yea
+
R
22
House
No
Yea
+
R
124
House
No
Yea
+
R
26
House
No
Yea
+
R
75
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
39
House
No
Yea
+
R
34
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
106
House
No
Yea
+
D
52
House
No
Yea
+
R
11
House
No
Yea
+
D
111
House
Yes
Yea
+
D
95
House
No
Yea
+
R
20
House
No
Yea
+
R
105
House
Yes
Yea
+
D
73
House
No
Yea
+
D
55
House
No
Yea
+
R
21
House
No
Yea
+
D
31
House
No
NV
NV
D
54
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
118
House
No
Yea
+
R
108
House
No
Yea
+
R
8
House
No
Nay
-
R
4
House
No
Yea
+
R
83
House
Yes
Yea
+
D
91
House
No
Yea
+
D
76
House
No
Yea
+
R
85
House
No
Yea
+
D
102
House
No
Yea
+
R
58
House
No
Yea
+
R
63
House
No
Yea
+
D
49
House
No
Yea
+
D
61
House
No
Yea
+
D
97
House
No
Yea
+
R
19
House
No
Yea
+
R
37
House
No
Yea
+
R
60
House
No
Yea
+
R
65
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
99
House
No
Yea
+
D
109
House
Yes
NV
NV
R
38
House
No
Yea
+
R
40
House
No
Yea
+
R
115
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
13
House
No
Yea
+
D
77
House
No
Yea
+
R
56
House
No
NV
NV
D
101
House
No
Yea
+
D
31
House
No
NA
NA
R
29
House
No
Yea
+
R
30
House
No
Yea
+
R
98
House
No
Yea
+
D
70
House
No
NA
NA
R
45
House
No
Yea
+
R
120
House
No
Yea
+
R
48
House
No
NA
NA
D
44
House
No
Yea
+
D
93
House
Yes
Yea
+
D
12
House
No
EA
EA
D
113
House
No
Yea
+
R
14
House
No
Yea
+
R
47
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
10
House
No
Yea
+
R
69
House
No
NA
NA
D
64
House
No
Yea
+
D
121
House
No
Yea
+
R
15
House
No
Yea
+
D
25
House
No
Yea
+
D
74
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
56
House
No
NA
NA
R
2
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
46
House
No
Yea
+
R
67
House
No
Yea
+
R
27
House
No
Yea
+
D
72
House
Yes
Yea
+
R
112
House
No
Yea
+
R
96
House
No
Yea
+
D
119
House
No
Yea
+
R
18
House
No
Yea
+
R
33
House
No
Yea
+
R
86
House
No
Yea
+
R
9
House
No
Yea
+
D
79
House
No
Yea
+
R
88
House
No
Yea
+
R
28
House
No
NV
NV
D
51
House
No
Yea
+
R
7
House
No
Yea
+
D
50
House
No
Yea
+
D
113
House
No
NA
NA
R
6
House
No
Yea
+
R
1
House
No
Yea
+
D
62
House
No
Yea
+
R
16
House
No
Yea
+
R
84
House
No
Yea
+
R
53
House
No
Yea
+