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§ 6-103. Restrictions on capitalization

West's Annotated Code of MarylandPublic UtilitiesEffective: July 1, 2007

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Public Utilities (Refs & Annos)
Division I. Public Services and Utilities [Titles 1-15] (Refs & Annos)
Title 6. Business Structure (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 1. Financing (Refs & Annos)
Effective: July 1, 2007
MD Code, Public Utilities, § 6-103
Formerly cited as MD PUBLIC UTIL COMP § 6-103
§ 6-103. Restrictions on capitalization
Application of section
(a) This section applies only to public service companies that operate in Maryland.
Capitalization of contract or franchise
(b)(1) A public service company may not:
(i) capitalize or issue bonds against or as lien on a contract for consolidation, merger, or lease; or
(ii) except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, capitalize a franchise or the right to own a franchise.
(2) A public service company may capitalize a franchise or right to own a franchise in an amount not exceeding the amount, exclusive of any tax or annual charge, actually paid to the State or a political subdivision as consideration for the grant of the franchise or right.
Stated capital after merger or capitalization
(c) The stated capital, as determined under Title 2, Subtitle 3 of the Corporations and Associations Article, of a public service company formed by a merger or consolidation of corporations may not exceed, solely by virtue of the merger or consolidation, the stated capital of the corporations merged or consolidated plus any additional sum paid in cash.
Newly chartered or reorganized public service companies
(d)(1) This subsection does not apply to the capitalization of a franchise to be a public service company.
(2) Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, the Commission may approve the capitalization of tangible and intangible property of:
(i) a newly chartered public service company; or
(ii) a public service company organized or reorganized by the purchaser of the franchise and property of its predecessor at a sale under judicial proceedings, mortgage, or deed of trust.
(3) Capitalization under paragraph (2) of this subsection shall be in the amount and form that the Commission considers reasonably necessary to enable the public service company to obtain the capital necessary to establish itself as a going concern.


Added by Acts 1998, c. 8, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 1998. Amended by Acts 2006, 1st Sp. Sess., c. 5, § 3, eff. July 1, 2007.
Formerly Art. 78, §§ 24, 66.
MD Code, Public Utilities, § 6-103, MD PUBLIC UTIL § 6-103
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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