Amendment #24 to S.2021

Underground Utility Coordination Commission

Representatives Dykema of Holliston, Conroy of Wayland, Decker of Cambridge, Gobi of Spencer, Rogers of Cambridge, Farley-Bouvier of Pittsfield, Gordon of Bedford, McMurtry of Dedham, Andrews of Orange, Garballey of Arlington, Kafka of Stoughton, Moran of Lawrence, Smizik of Brookline, Walsh of Framingham, Campbell of Methuen, Madden of Nantucket, Mahoney of Worcester, Provost of Somerville, Schmid of Westport, Orrall of Lakeville, Fiola of Fall River, Benson of Lunenburg and Lawn of Watertown move that the bill be amended by adding the following section

SECTION XX. There is hereby established a special commission to investigate and study ways to improve coordination among utility providers and municipalities to reduce unnecessary or duplicative roadway construction related to underground utilities. The commission shall consist of the chair of the department of public utilities, or a designee, who shall serve as chair; 2 persons to be appointed by the president of the senate, 1 of whom shall be a representative of a metropolitan planning organization, and 1 of whom shall be a representative of the Utility Contractors’ Association of New England; 2 persons to be appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, 1 of whom shall be a member of an energy utility, and 1 of whom shall be a representative of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts; and 6 persons to be appointed by the governor who shall not be employees of the executive branch and who shall reside in different geographic regions of the commonwealth, 1 of whom shall be a representative of MassDOT, 1 of whom shall be a representative of the Department of Environmental Protection, 1 of whom shall be a representative of the Boston Water and Sewer Commission, 1 of whom shall be a representative of the Massachusetts Water Works Association, 1 of whom shall be a representative of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, and 1 of whom shall be employed by a gas utility, with expertise in the planning of gas and electrical construction projects.

The members of the commission shall be appointed not later 60 days after the effective date of this act and shall serve until the completion of the investigation and study.

The commission shall report to the general court the results of its investigation and study and its recommendations, if any, together with drafts of legislation necessary to carry its recommendations into effect, by filing the same with the clerk of the senate and the clerk of the house of representatives on or before March 1, 2015.