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Editors' Notes

Revisor's Note (Acts 1998, c. 653):
The Department of Legislative Services is charged with revising the law in a clear, concise, and organized manner, without changing the effect of the law. One precept of revision has been that, once something is said, it should be said in the same way every time. To that end, the Public Utility Companies Article conformed the language and organization of this article to that of previously enacted revised articles to the extent possible.
In this article, as in other revised articles, the word “regulation” is substituted for the former references to “rules and regulations” to distinguish, to the extent possible, between regulations of executive units and rules of judicial or legislative units and to establish consistency in the use of the words. This substitution conforms to the practice of the Division of State Documents.
Also throughout this article, the term “unit” is substituted for former references such as “agency”, “department”, “administration”, “commission”, and “office” except when a former reference indicated a specific entity, or was included as part of a defined term. The term “unit” is used as the general term for an organization in the State government because it is broad enough to include all such entities.
Also throughout this article, to be consistent and to avoid unnecessary confusion, the singular verb “adopt” is used in relation to rules or regulations, and verbs such as “prescribe” and “promulgate” are deleted. Regulations, in any event, are subject to Title 10, Subtitle 1 of the State Government Article.
In some instances, the staff of the Department of Legislative Services has created “Special Revisor's Notes” to reflect the substantive effect of legislation enacted during the 1998 Session on some provisions of this article.
Former Art. 23, §§ 168 through 178, which governed the construction and operation of railroads by mining companies, are apparently obsolete. However, to avoid any inadvertent substantive effect their repeal might have, they are transferred to the Session Laws.
Former Art. 23, §§ 328 through 330, which authorized the formation of corporations to make turnpikes, plank roads, and passenger railways, subject to certain construction standards and oversight procedures by local governments, are deleted as obsolete.
Former Art. 78, § 23, which provided for the applicability of certain provisions to all public service companies, is deleted as surplusage in light of the organization of this article.
Former Art. 78, § 105, which provided for the severability of provisions of former Art. 78, is deleted as unnecessary in light of Art. 1, § 23 of the Code.
Former Art. 78, § 106, which provided that the terms of members of the Commission in office on June 1, 1955, and that the actions and rights in effect before that date were not invalidated by enactment of the former article, are deleted as obsolete. See, Ch. 441, Acts of 1955.
Former Art. 78, § 107, which provided a short title for the former article, is deleted as obsolete.
1998 Legislation
Acts 1998, c. 8, § 2, added the Public Utility Companies Article.
2010 Legislation
Acts 2010, c. 37, § 7, amended this Article to be Public Utilities.
Acts 2010, c. 37, § 8, provides:
“SECTION 8. AND BE IT FURTHER ENACTED, That it is the intention of the General Assembly that, except as expressly provided in this Act, this Act shall be construed as a nonsubstantive revision, and may not otherwise be construed to render any substantive change in the law of the State.”
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Current through legislation effective July 1, 2020, from the 2020 Regular Session of the General Assembly.
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