SB 33

Sponsor
Session
Regular Session 2018
Title
Energy Policy, Permanent Joint Legislative Committee on, membership and duties revised, limit reporting of committee, creation of office deleted, authorized to form advisory subcommittees, Secs. 29-2-270 to 29-2-275, inclusive, am'd.
Description

Under existing law, the Permanent Joint Legislative Committee on Energy Policy was created to develop the Alabama Energy Plan and to make recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature to address the state's long-term and short-term energy challenges

This bill would revise the membership of the committee, delete the requirement that the committee develop the Alabama Energy Plan, limit the reporting of the committee, delete authorization for the committee to create and staff a Legislative Energy Policy Office, and would authorize the committee to form advisory subcommittees as needed

To amend Sections 29-2-270, 29-2-271, 29-2-272, 29-2-273, 29-2-274, and 29-2-275, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the Permanent Joint Legislative Committee on Energy Policy; to revise the membership of the committee; to delete the requirement that the committee develop an Alabama Energy Plan; to limit the reporting of the committee; to delete authorization for the committee to create and staff a Legislative Energy Policy Office; and to authorize the committee to form advisory subcommittees as needed.

Subjects
Legislature
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Under existing law, the Permanent Joint Legislative Committee on Energy Policy was created to develop the Alabama Energy Plan and to make recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature to address the state's long-term and short-term energy challenges

This bill would revise the membership of the committee, delete the requirement that the committee develop the Alabama Energy Plan, limit the reporting of the committee, delete authorization for the committee to create and staff a Legislative Energy Policy Office, and would authorize the committee to form advisory subcommittees as needed

To amend Sections 29-2-270, 29-2-271, 29-2-272, 29-2-273, 29-2-274, and 29-2-275, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the Permanent Joint Legislative Committee on Energy Policy; to revise the membership of the committee; to delete the requirement that the committee develop an Alabama Energy Plan; to limit the reporting of the committee; to delete authorization for the committee to create and staff a Legislative Energy Policy Office; and to authorize the committee to form advisory subcommittees as needed.

Section 1

Sections 29-2-270, 29-2-271, 29-2-272, 29-2-273, 29-2-274, and 29-2-275 of the Code of Alabama 1975, are amended to read as follows:

§29-2-270.

The Legislature makes the following findings and statements:

(1) The reduction of the dependence on foreign oil is necessary to preserve and protect our national security.

(2) Reliable, plentiful, and affordable energy and the effective distribution of energy are vital to the support and growth of all sectors of Alabama's economy.

(3) The future energy needs of the state also present unique opportunities to diversify the state's energy supply and provide new opportunities for agriculturally based products and Alabama based clean energy technologies.

(4) Energy derived from agriculturally and forest based products offers the potential to expand rural and economic development in Alabama.

(5) Increasing the efficiency of existing technology combined with the development of new technologies, including coal gasification, coal liquification, advanced coal-based generation, and nuclear power, should be encouraged as ways of producing more energy with reduced emissions.

(6) An integrated and comprehensive state policy on energy Continuing study is absolutely necessary to identify, address, and provide for the future energy needs of the state.

§29-2-271.

The Permanent Joint Legislative Committee on Energy Policy is created for the purpose of developing the Alabama Energy Plan to recommend recommending to the Governor and the Legislature courses of action to address the state's long-term and short-term energy challenges. The plan recommendation shall include, without limitation, recommendations relating to oil and gas production and future oil and gas development that are found both onshore and offshore in Alabama, as well as renewable and alternative energy sources.

§29-2-272.

(a) The committee shall be composed of the following members:

(1) The Chair of the House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry.

(2) The Chair of the House Commerce Committee on Transportation, Utilities, and Infrastructure.

(3) The Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry.

(4) The Chair of the House Government Appropriations Committee.

(5) The Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance and Taxation General Fund.

(6)(4) The Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Transportation, and Utilities Energy.

(7) The Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

(8)(5) The Chair of the Permanent Oil and Gas Study Committee.

(9) Five (6) Four members of the Houses House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, all three of whom shall be appointees from the House of Representatives to the Energy Council and one of whom shall be a member of the minority party.

(10)(7) Two members of the Senate appointed by the Lieutenant Governor, both of whom shall be appointees from the Senate to the Energy Council and one of whom shall be a member of the minority party.

(11)(8) Two members of the Senate appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, both of whom shall be appointees from the Senate to the Energy Council and one of whom shall be a member of the minority party.

(b) To the extent possible, members of the committee shall reflect the racial, ethnic, gender, geographic, urban/rural, and economic diversity of the state.

(c) The committee shall meet at the call of the chair or a majority of the members thereof, provided that the committee shall meet at least once each four six months.

(d) The committee may meet, act, and conduct its business at any place within this state during the sessions of the Legislature, or any recess thereof, and in the interim period between sessions.

(e) Members of the committee may participate in a meeting of the committee, or any advisory subcommittee of the committee, by means of telephone conference, video conference, or similar communications equipment by means of which all persons participating in the meeting may hear each other at the same time. Participation by such means shall constitute presence in person at a meeting for all purposes. However, a majority of a quorum of the members of the committee or advisory subcommittee shall be physically present at the location noticed and called for the meeting in order to conduct any business or deliberation. Members of the committee and any advisory subcommittees of the committee may not utilize electronic communications except as in compliance with the Alabama Open Meetings Act. Except for emergency meetings, notice of committee meetings shall be provided in accordance with the Alabama Open Meetings Act and telephone or video conference or similar communications equipment shall also allow members of the public the opportunity to simultaneously listen to or observe such meetings.

(e)(f) Terms of service on the committee shall coincide with the elected terms of the serving members. The initial members appointed pursuant to Act 2007-150, HJR152, 2007 Regular Session, shall continue to serve as appointed pursuant to that act provided the member is qualified under subsection (a).

(f) Beginning in January 2011, to serve in 2011 and 2012, (g) Commencing with the first meeting of the committee called after the effective date of the act amending this subsection, and each two years thereafter, the committee shall elect from among its members a chair and a vice chair.

§29-2-273.

(a) With the assistance of the director and staff of the Legislative Energy Policy Office, the The committee shall make a continuous study of the energy supply for the state and make recommendations for legislation and initiatives that will create the necessary institutional and regulatory changes to accomplish the overall goals and objectives of the Alabama Energy Plan state in a manner that benefits the economy and protects the environment.

(b) The Alabama Energy Plan continuing study conducted by the committee, and recommendations submitted to the Governor and the Legislature, shall be designed to achieve the following goals and objectives, provided that those goals and objectives may be met while still providing reliable and affordable energy to Alabama residents:

(1) The expansion of diverse sources of fuels to be used to meet Alabama's current and future energy needs through each of the following methods:

a. Encouraging a diverse fuel mix among electric supply generation that promotes reliability and minimizes negative impacts that would result from electric power shortages.

b. Promoting the production and use of renewable energy, bioenergy, and clean alternative energy, including coal gasification and liquification, advanced coal-based generation, and nuclear power.

c. Promoting the production and use of bioenergy from agriculturally and forest based products.

d. Broadening the diversity and decreasing the negative environmental impact of fuels that meet Alabama's transportation needs.

e. Expanding electric generation infrastructure utilizing clean distributed energy resources, including, but not limited to, natural gas, propane, fuel cells, micro-turbines, and combined heat and power and wind energy to the extent that these technologies provide cost effective and reliable energy sources.

(2) The development of conservation programs through each of the following methods:

a. Identifying and promoting proven fuel and oil conservation technologies that improve fuel efficiencies in private fleets and state fleets.

b. Identifying and promoting business and residential energy use reduction opportunities.

c. Increasing the usage of energy efficient products and clean energy sources through the state procurement process.

(3) Incorporating energy efficiency and conservation into the design and operation of state buildings.

(4) Encouraging producers of clean energy technologies and producers of energy efficient products to locate their business operations in Alabama, through each of the following methods:

a. Expanding the market for renewable and alternative energy technologies in Alabama.

b. Increasing the number of producers and developers of clean energy technologies located in Alabama.

c. Adopting incentives for new and existing facilities in Alabama that produce energy from alternative and renewable resources.

(c) The Alabama Energy Plan Any report submitted to the Governor or the Legislature by the committee shall include the following for each goal and objective:

(1) An identification of actions already in process.

(2) A prioritized list of recommended non-legislative action items.

(3) Recommended legislative proposals.

(4) An identification of areas on which further evaluation or research is recommended.

(d) The committee shall may submit its recommendations by the fifth legislative day of the 2011 Regular Session, and each regular session thereafter. The committee may make additional recommendations and submit studies and reports to the Legislature at any time to the Legislature at any time that the Legislature is in regular session.

(e) The committee is authorized to receive federal and private grants, gifts, appropriations, and other public and private funds related to energy policies and initiatives.

(f) The committee may employ a director and provide for a Legislative Energy Policy Office. The director shall serve at the pleasure of the committee and shall be responsible directly to the committee for the general supervision and execution of the work of the committee. The committee shall fix the compensation of the director and staff. Compensation for the director and staff shall be paid from funds appropriated to the committee for that purpose. The committee shall further designate the duties of the director and staff. The director and staff of the office shall reflect the racial, ethnic, gender, geographic, urban/rural, and economic diversity of the state.

(g) The committee may maintain an office facility at a location in Montgomery, Alabama, for the use of the director and staff of the Legislative Energy Policy Office and may acquire furniture, equipment, and supplies needed for the operation of the office.

(h) The committee may employ personnel to staff the Legislative Energy Policy Office and may enter contracts for services needed by the committee. Personnel and contracted service providers and consultants may include, but not be limited to, technical advisors on such issues as alternative energy technology, renewable energy technology, engineering, environmental technology, and energy conservation, as well as administrative, supervisory, and professional personnel as necessary to carry out the goals, objectives, and duties of the committee and the office.

§29-2-274.

(a) The chair and vice chair of the committee shall jointly create and appoint members to advisory subcommittees, as provided in subsection (b) deemed necessary by the committee, which shall include members of the committee, representatives from governmental agencies, and members of the public with interest and expertise in the objectives of the committee. The Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, or his or her designee, shall be a member of each advisory subcommittee created. Each advisory subcommittee shall be cochaired by one legislative member of the advisory committee and one private sector member or governmental entity member having significant knowledge, experience, and expertise in the subject or subjects the subcommittee is responsible for studying. Private sector cochairs of the advisory committees shall reflect the racial, ethnic, gender, geographic, urban/rural, and economic diversity of the state. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs may make recommendations to the chair and vice chair of the committee for the appointment of members to each advisory subcommittee.

(b) The advisory subcommittees of the committee shall be as follows:

(1) Biofuels and Alternative Fuels Subcommittee.

(2) Efficiency and Conservation Subcommittee.

(3) Environmental Issues Subcommittee.

(4) Infrastructure and Expansion Subcommittee.

(5) Renewable Power and Electric Generation Subcommittee.

(6) Research and Development Subcommittee.

(7) Technology and Communications Subcommittee.

(8) The Incentives Subcommittee.

§29-2-275.

The Secretary of the Senate, the Clerk of the House of Representatives, and the any advisory subcommittees created herein shall provide any assistance as may be necessary at the committee's request. Each legislative member of the committee and each legislative member of a subcommittee shall be entitled to his or her regular legislative compensation, his or her per diem, and travel expenses for each day he or she attends a meeting of the committee or a subcommittee which shall be paid out of any funds appropriated for the use of the Legislature upon warrants drawn by the state Comptroller, upon requisitions signed by the committee's chair, provided, however, that legislative. Legislative members shall not receive additional legislative compensation or per diem when the Legislature is in session or if a member is being paid any other payments on the same dates for attendance on other state business. Each non-legislative member of the subcommittees shall receive the same mileage and per diem as allowed for state employees while attending meetings of the committee and subcommittees."

Section 2

This act shall become effective on the first day of the third month following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law.

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Action Date Chamber Action
March 21, 2018SAssigned Act No. 2018-419.
March 21, 2018SForwarded to Governor on March 21, 2018 at 4:34 p.m. on March 21, 2018
March 21, 2018SEnrolled
March 21, 2018HSignature Requested
March 21, 2018SPassed Second House
March 21, 2018HMotion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 945
March 21, 2018HThird Reading Passed
February 1, 2018HRead for the second time and placed on the calendar as Favorable
January 25, 2018HRead for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Transportation, Utilities and Infrastructure
January 25, 2018SEngrossed
January 23, 2018SMotion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 76
January 23, 2018SWard motion to Adopt adopted Roll Call 75
January 23, 2018SWard Amendment Offered
January 23, 2018SWard motion to Adopt adopted Roll Call 74
January 23, 2018STransportation and Energy Amendment Offered
January 23, 2018SThird Reading Passed
January 18, 2018SRead for the second time and placed on the calendar 1 amendment
January 9, 2018SRead for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Transportation and Energy
2018-03-21
Chamber: House
Result: Passed
2018-01-23
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed
2018-01-23
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed
2018-01-23
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed