Calif. Committee Pushes Through Pipeline Safety Bill

Law360, San Diego (April 9, 2012, 10:11 PM EDT) -- A California State Assembly panel on Monday passed a bill that would allow the state Public Utilities Commission for the first time to consider utilities' safety performance when determining the gas rates they can charge customers, after a 2010 pipeline blast left eight people dead.

In a 14-0 vote, the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce approved a slightly amended version of A.B. 1456, proposed by Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, that aims to tie utilities' safety track records to their profits.

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