BILL NUMBER: AB 2760	CHAPTERED
	BILL TEXT

	CHAPTER  542
	FILED WITH SECRETARY OF STATE  SEPTEMBER 25, 2014
	APPROVED BY GOVERNOR  SEPTEMBER 25, 2014
	PASSED THE SENATE  AUGUST 11, 2014
	PASSED THE ASSEMBLY  MAY 8, 2014

INTRODUCED BY   Committee on Utilities and Commerce (Bradford
(Chair), Bonilla, Buchanan, Garcia, Roger Hernández, Mullin, Quirk,
and Rendon)

                        MARCH 24, 2014

   An act to amend Section 8282 of the Public Utilities Code,
relating to public utility contracting.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 2760, Committee on Utilities and Commerce. Public utilities:
contracting: women, minority, and disabled veteran business
enterprises.
   Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has regulatory
authority over public utilities, as defined. Existing law directs
the commission to require every electrical, gas, water, wireless
telecommunications service provider, and telephone corporation with
annual gross revenues exceeding $25,000,000, and their regulated
subsidiaries and affiliates, to implement a program developed by the
commission to encourage, recruit, and utilize minority-, women-, and
disabled veteran-owned business enterprises, as defined, in the
procurement of contracts from those corporations or from their
regulated subsidiaries and affiliates, and to require the reporting
of certain information. The commission, by its rulemaking authority,
has adopted General Order 156, applicable to certain electrical, gas,
and telephone corporations, to effectuate these requirements.
   This bill would define "renewable energy" for purposes of the
above-described requirements.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 8282 of the Public Utilities Code is amended to
read:
   8282.  For the purposes of this article, the following definitions
apply:
   (a) "Women business enterprise" means a business enterprise that
is at least 51 percent owned by a woman or women; or, in the case of
any publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the stock of
which is owned by one or more women; and whose management and daily
business operations are controlled by one or more of those
individuals.
   (b) "Minority business enterprise" means a business enterprise
that is at least 51 percent owned by a minority group or groups; or,
in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of
the stock of which is owned by one or more minority groups, and whose
management and daily business operations are controlled by one or
more of those individuals. The contracting utility shall presume that
minority includes Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native
Americans, and Asian Pacific Americans.
   (c) "Disabled veteran business enterprise" has the same meaning as
defined in subdivision (g) of Section 999 of the Military and
Veterans Code.
   (d) "Control" means exercising the power to make policy decisions.

   (e) "Operate" means being actively involved in the day-to-day
management and not merely officers or directors.
   (f) "Renewable energy" project means a project for the development
and operation of an eligible renewable energy resource meeting the
requirements of the California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program
(Article 16 (commencing with Section 399.11), Chapter 2.3, Part 1,
Division 1).