PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
[Constitution, Article V, Section 12; NDCC Chapter 49-01]
The Public Service Commission was created by the North Dakota State Constitution and currently consists of three members elected to staggered six-year terms. Public Service Commissioners were originally elected to two-year terms until passage of a constitutional amendment in 1926 lengthened the term of office to six years.
The importance of regulation of public utilities and carriers was recognized early in the history of Dakota. An 1875 law passed by the Territorial Legislature made railroads liable for damages in accidents causing fatalities (S. L. 1875, Ch. 54). Later, Dakota Territory established the basis of future regulation of the railroad industry in 1879 by legislation delineating the organization, powers, and duties of railroads operating in the territory (S. L. 1879, Ch. 46). Subsequent railroad legislation expanded on how railroads in the territory might be organized, operated, merged, constructed, and held accountable for accidents and complaints. Sensitive to the growing presence and power of railroads in the territory, the Territorial Legislature created a Board of Railroad Commissioners in 1885 (S. L. 1885, Ch. 126). The Board of Railroad Commissioners consisted of three members appointed by the Governor for two-year terms and was given general regulatory supervision of railroads operating in the territory. Legislation in 1887 broadened the scope of the Board of Railroad Commissioners by making them responsible for supervision of inspection, grading, weighing, and storage of grain and seeds in the territory; licensing and bonding of public warehousemen; and regulation of warehouse financial transactions.
Reflecting the concern over regulation of railroads in the state, the Board of Railroad Commissioners was designated a constitutional office by the Constitutional Convention in 1889. After statehood, the regulatory powers of the Board of Railroad Commissioners dramatically increased over the years, especially the powers to regulate railroads and the grain handling industry. The Board of Railroad Commissioners was authorized in 1890 to appoint a State Weighmaster and a Chief Grain Inspector to supervise and license warehouses in the state. Additional legislation in 1890 allowed the Board of Railroad Commissioners to investigate railroads in alleged violations of state law and to bring legal action against actual violators. Responsibility for regulation of bridges and ferries (1897); investigation of train wrecks (1907); adjustment of railroad freight rates (1911); regulation of the telephone industry, beginning in 1915; and regulation and adjustment of rates charged by public utilities to consumers were also assigned to the Board of Railroad Commissioners. In 1909, The Board of Railroad Commissioners was authorized to appoint agents to the grain terminals in Duluth and Minneapolis to monitor the grain trade to benefit North Dakota grain growers and shippers (S. L. 1909, Ch. 134). Governor John Burke vetoed the bill repealing this law in 1911.
Broad regulatory powers were formally granted to the Board of Railroad Commissioners during the 1919 session (S. L. 1919, Ch. 192) The regulatory jurisdiction of the Commission included common carriers, railroads, street railways, express companies, toll bridges, ferries, steamboats, telegraph and telephone companies, electric companies, packing and cold storage companies, stockyards, and all other public utility corporations. The Commissioners were also empowered to order utility companies to change unfair rates or practices. The chairman of the Board of Railroad Commissioners was designated a member of the State Publications and Printing Commission from 1919-1959. Additional legislation over the years subjected bus systems and taxis to regulation, 1923; required Commission approval and certification of public utility construction, 1927; required licensing and regulation of aircraft and pilots, 1929 (this function was later transferred to the Aeronautics Commission in 1947); required maintenance of a Department of Weights and Measures, 1933; regulation of livestock dealers, 1933-1957; regulation of roving grain buyers, 1937; regulation of agricultural carriers, 1939; established safety requirements for public utilities, 1969; and licensed auctioneers, 1975.
Reflecting the wide regulatory authority of the Board of Railroad Commissioners, the agency was renamed the Public Service Commission in 1941. With the advent of concentrated energy development in the state, the Public Service Commission assumed responsibility for regulation of various areas of the energy industry, including coal, gas, oil, and water pipelines, 1963; gas distribution systems, strip mining, and land reclamation, 1973; siting and construction of energy conversion and transmission facilities, 1975; administration of the abandoned surface mine program, 1979; and investigation of consumer complaints, 1985. A member of the Public Service Commission serves as a member of the State Intermodal Transportation Team (1977). Currently the Public Service Commission has seven major divisions charged with monitoring and regulating public utilities in the state: Division of Weights and Measures, Motor Carrier Division, Public Warehouse Division, Reclamation Division, Traffic Division, Consumer Affairs Division, and the Public Utilities Division. The Public Service Commission is headquartered in the State Capitol in Bismarck.
1863 Railroads were to regulate themselves (T. L. 1863, Ch. 67).
1875 Laws were passed to regulate railroads in Dakota Territory by the Territorial Legislature. An 1875 law made railroads liable for damages in accidents causing fatalities (T. L. 1875, Ch. 54).
1879 Dakota Territory established the basis of future regulation of the railroad industry by providing legislation for the organization of railroad corporations and by outlining the organization, powers, and duties of railroads operating in the territory (T. L. 1879, Ch. 46).
1885 The Board of Railroad Commissioners was created. Sensitive to the growing presence and power of railroads in the territory the Territorial Legislature created a Board of Railroad Commissioners requiring them to take action whenever necessary (T. L. 1885, Ch. 126).
1887 Legislation broadened the scope of the Board of Railroad Commissioners by making them responsible for inspecting, grading, weighing, and storing of grain and seeds in the territory through licensing and bonding of public warehousemen and regulating the financial transactions of warehouses (T. L. 1887, Ch. 130).
1889 The Board was designated as a constitutional office by the 1889 Constitutional Convention to regulate the receiving and transporting of freight carried by railroads. The Board of Railroad Commissioners was authorized by the North Dakota State Constitution (S. L. 1889, Ch. 110) and required three commissioners each were to be elected for a two-year term (North Dakota Constitution: Article V, Section 12).
1890 The Board of Railroad Commissioners was authorized in 1890 to appoint a State Weigh-master and a Chief Grain Inspector to supervise throughout the state the handling, inspecting, weighing, and storing of grain and the licensing of warehouses (S. L. 1890, Ch. 180 and Ch.138). Additional legislation in 1890 allowed the Board of Railroad Commissioners to investigate railroads resulting from alleged violations of state law. Legal action was to be brought against actual violators (S. L. 1890, Ch. 122). Legislation related to increasing the state debt limit (S. L. 1890, Ch. 115).
1897 The Legislature required the Commissioners to be responsible for regulation of bridges and ferries (S. L. 1897, Ch. 115).
1899 Legislation addressed the provision of payment for expenses brought about through litigation from orders enforced by the Board. Also included were any charges brought by the Attorney General on behalf of the Board of Railroad Commissioners (S. L. 1899, Ch. 131).
1907 The Board was to examine the causes of all train wrecks and send a yearly report to the Legislature (S.L. 1907, Ch. 205). Regular sessions for the Board of Railroad Commissioners were required a notice of time, manner, and place where sessions would be held. Powers and duties also were defined. Additionally the duty of the Attorney General in relation to the Board was addressed (S. L. 1907, Ch. 213). Senate Bill 340 asked for the creation of a Public Service Inquiry Commission to compile two reports that looked into and gathered pertinent data on the financial backgrounds and dealings of public service corporations. After the second report was submitted in July of 1908 the Public Service Inquiry Commission became obsolete (S. L. 1907, SB 340).
1909 The Board of Railroad Commissioners was authorized to appoint agents at the grain terminals in Duluth and Minneapolis and to monitor the grain trade to benefit North Dakota grain growers and shippers (S. L. 1909, Ch. 135). Legislation required establishing regular sessions for the Board of Railroad Commissioners and defined powers and duties of the Commissioners including rulings that involved the office of the Attorneys General (S. L. 1909, Ch. 194). The joint resolution authorized the Governor and the Attorney General to inquire and institute any necessary changes for bulk carrying charges from points within the state to terminal markets in Minnesota and Wisconsin (S. L. 1909, Ch. 136).
1911 The Board duties were expanded and adjustments made for all claims resulting from overcharges and losses. This included charges for transporting freight and for passenger fares. A fee was required for licensing of grain warehouses (S. L. 1911, Ch. 240).
1913 The Board was required to establish a plan to formulate for a uniform system of accounting for public warehouses and grain elevators (S. L. 1913, Ch. 236). There were amendments relating to the licensing of railroad and steamboat ticket agents (S. L. 1913, Ch. 237).
1915 General supervision and regulation of the telephone industry including all persons, firms, corporations, and other agencies engaged in the business of furnishing communication by means of a “common carrier” were the responsibility of the Board (S. L. 1915, Ch. 209). Regulation and adjustment of rates charged by public utilities to consumers were also under the authority of the Board of Railroad Commissioners (S. L. 1915, Ch. 208).
1919 The regulatory powers of the Board of Railroad Commissioners were enhanced and formally granted by the State Legislature during the 1919 session (S. L. 1919, Ch. 192). This included authority over common carriers, railroads, street railroads, express companies, toll bridges, ferries, and freight and passenger steamboats. Fences were required on right of way lands (S. L. 1915, Ch. 193). Other inclusions were telegraph and telephone companies, electric companies distributing heat, light, or power, and all other public utility corporations. Food and agricultural product warehouses, packing and cold storage companies, and stockyard companies were also included in the legislation. Duties of the Commissioners included investigating all methods and practices of public utilities, enforcing state laws, and upholding regulations. The Commission could order changes for rates they considered unjust. Legislation also required the Board to regulate all activities such as construction or electrical supply and signal lines (S. L. 1919, Ch. 122). The Commissioners became full-time employees (Special Session S. L. 1919, Ch. 49). The Chairman of the Board of Railroad Commissioners was designated a member of the State Publications and Printing Commission and served in that capacity until 1959.
1923 Additional legislation over the years subjected bus systems and taxis to be regulated. The Board was responsible for compensation, regulation, and supervision of transportation involving persons and property on any public highway or by “motor propelled” vehicles (S. L. 1923, Ch. 136).
1925 Voters approved a constitutional amendment that required three Commissioners to be chosen by the electorate. One Commissioner would be elected every two years and hold office for a term of six years (Constitutional Amendment S. L. 1925, P. 315).
1926 A constitutional amendment approved by voters on June 30, 1926 set six-year terms for the Commissioners of Railroads. Legislation took effect after the November 1926 general election. Because the terms were to be staggered the three Commissioners were elected for either a six, four, and two-year term (North Dakota Constitution: Article V, Section 12).
1927 Legislation required Commission approval and certification of all public utility construction (S. L. 1927, Ch. 235). The Board could also designate (S. L.1927, Ch. 231) a special Assistant Attorney General as Commerce Counsel to the Board.
1929 Legislation required licensing and regulation of aircraft and pilots (S. L.1929, Ch. 231). This function was later transferred to the Aeronautics Commission.
1933 The Board was responsible for maintenance (S. L.1933, Ch. 269) of a Department of Weights and Measures. An amendment to legislation concerned the regulation of rates for all associations, firms, persons, and agencies engaged in business primarily conducted by companies of telephone or telegraph, gas, oil, and water. Legislation also included petitioning by the Board if rate charges by power companies for light and heat were questionable (S. L.1933, Ch. 220).
1937 The Board was required to provide for the regulation (S. L.1937, Ch. 8) of the roving grain buyers and of livestock dealers (S. L.1937, Ch. 5). Legislation provided for emergency appropriations for aid to be distributed to the appropriate county officer by the Public Welfare Board with assistance from the Commissioner of Agriculture and Labor. Funding came in the form of loans for livestock feed (S. L. 1937, Ch. 6). The Board was required to test electric meters of electric utility companies and gas meters of gas utility companies (S. L. 1937, Ch. 202). Legislation also related to jurisdiction and powers of the Board of Railroad Commissioners including hearings and investigations of public utilities (S. L. 1937, Chapters 203 to 208).
1940 A constitutional amendment adopted on June 25, 1940 created the Public Service Commission and transferred the powers and duties of the Board of Railroad Commissioners to the new Commission. The amendment also provided that two Commissioners would be elected during the general election. One term would be a four-year term and the other a six-year term.
1941 Reflecting the wide regulatory authority of the Board of Railroad Commissioners, the agency was renamed the Public Service Commission as approved by the voters and the Constitution was changed (Constitutional Measure S. L.1941, Article 57). Commissioner qualifications included being at least twenty-five years of age and a state elector. The duties of the Commissioners remained the same and the terms were for six-years staggered.
1945 A committee of aeronautics consisting of five members appointed by the Governor was created within the Public Service Commission (S. L.1945, Ch. 38).
1947 The committee of aeronautics was replaced after the creation of the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission and the function of licensing and regulating pilots and aircraft was transferred to the Aeronautics Commission (S. L. 1947, Ch.1). Legislation was amended concerning the appointment of examiners by the Public Service Commission (S. L. 1947, Ch. 307).
1953 The legislation was concerned with the charges for raising and lowering the electric supply and communication lines (S. L.1953, Ch. 284) and the construction and extension of plants, lines, or systems as they related to public utilities (S. L. 1953, Ch. 285). Changes were made in the implementation of eminent domain and the regulation of coal pipeline carriers or other common pipeline carriers (S. L. 1953, Ch. 325). Legislation also concerned agricultural carriers (S. L. 1953, Ch. 334).
1963 With the advent of concentrated energy development in the state, the Public Service Commission assumed various responsibilities for regulation of the energy industry including coal, gas, oil, and water pipelines (S. L.1963, Ch. 325). Additionally an act repealed the Commission’s power to order, authorize, and permit any common carrier or to charge different rates on transportation of goods within the state (S. L.1963, Ch. 322).
1969 Legislation established safety requirements for public utilities extending the Commission’s regulatory control (S. L.1969, Ch. 414).
1971 Some agricultural commodities exempt from the Commission’s transportation regulations included dairy commodities, poultry, and livestock (S. L.1971, Ch. 461).
1973 The Public Service Commission was required to control all gas distribution systems (S. L.1973, Ch. 378) and to regulate strip mining, and land reclamation (S. L.1973, Ch. 285).
1975 Auctioneers and clerks requiring a license filed with the Commission (S. L.1975, Ch.449). Sites for the construction of energy conversion and transmission facilities came under the authority of the Public Service Commission (S. L.1975, Ch.436 ) and Commissioners were required to fix terms when one utility crossed the lines of another (S. L.1975, Ch. 430). Also legislation related to shipments of livestock by railroad and salaries for railroad employees (S. L. 1975, Ch. 431).
1977 A member of the Public Service Commission served on the State Intermodal Transportation Team and regulatory powers of the Public Service Commission over all railroads in the state was clarified. Earlier regulations were repealed (S. L.1977, Ch. 443). The Century Code was amended concerning the appointment of examiners by the Commission (S. L.1977, Ch. 438). Legislation concerned the powers of the Commission with reference to public utilities (S. L.1977, Ch. 439). The salaries of the Labor Commissioner and the Public Service Commissioners were amended by the Legislature effective on January 1, 1979 (S. L. 1977, Ch. 481). The Century Code was amended relating to changes of issuing a certificate to motor carriers (S. L.1977, Ch. 444).
1979 Legislation related to Commission jurisdiction and to any exclusions of certain utilities (S. L.1979, Ch. 495).
1981 A new sub-section was added to the Century Code relating to Commission cooperation with the federal government over pipeline safety regulations. The Commission jurisdiction of pipeline safety and any violations of pipeline safety standards were also addressed (S. L.1981, Ch.471).
1983 The Commission was required to regulate the buyers of roving grain and hay (S. L.1983, Ch. 673) but could not determine or fix the intrastate rates for transportation of grain and grain products moving to or from terminal grain elevators in the state. The Commission could inspect any licensed warehouse as well as the books, documents, and records (S. L.1983, Ch. 672). The Commission was permitted to examine a railroad’s records after abandonment of a line (S. L.1983, Ch. 517) and was allowed to require railroads with abandoned lines to keep property cleared and noxious weeds controlled (S. L.1983, Ch. 516). The Commission was given authority control public utilities through use of rate rules and other practices (S. L.1983, Ch.513). The jurisdiction over telegraph companies and nonprofit telephone companies or telephone companies with fewer than three-thousand subscribers was removed from the Commission’s authority (S. L.1983, Ch.512). The Commission gained general supervisory authority over contract motor carriers (S. L.1983, Ch. 519).
1985 Legislation concerned the issuing of temporary motor carrier permits (S. L.1985, Ch.514) and reference to the use of the word “telephone” was replaced with telecommunications (S. L.1985, Ch. 515).
1987 Procedural changes were made in licensing of auctioneers and clerks (S. L.1987, Ch. 588). Legislation gave the Public Service Commission power to establish safety rules for motor carriers and authority to hold hearings in contract carrier cases. Highway maintenance costs were removed when certificates for common motor carriers were issued (S. L.1987, Ch.567). Legislation eliminated statutes that had allowed for a separate classification while transporting lignite coal (S. L.1987, Ch. 566) and required the Commission to identify rights of way for railroad lines in service that could be sold, transferred, or leased (S. L.1987, Ch. 565). The Commission could not suspend a public utility rate, classification, contract, practice, rule, or regulation after a notice had been filed or scheduled. An exception was made when common carriers on rail or by motor vehicle and were sent after schedules or notices had taken effect (S. L.1987, Ch.564). A new section added to the Century Code related to work near high voltage overhead lines and also amendments related to work near high voltage overhead lines (S. L.1987, Ch. 568). Legislation concerned various fees charged by the Commission establishing a specific dollar amount instead of a set fee for the registration and identification of interstate motor carriers operating in the state (S. L.1987, Ch. 70).
1989 The State Highway Department was renamed the Department of Transportation and had responsibility for collecting interstate carrier registration fees and issuing identification stamps (S. L.1989, Ch. 72). The Motor Vehicle Department became authorized to assess interstate motor carrier registrations (S. L.1989, Ch.573). Amendments were made to the Century Code relating to the issuance of contract motor carrier permits (S. L.1989, Ch. 572) and to interstate motor carrier fees (S. L.1989, Ch. 573). Legislation concerned telecommunication rates and the Regulatory Reform Review Commission was established (S. L.1989, Ch. 566). Public utilities did not need approval from the Commission concerning disposal, encumbrance, merger, or consolidation of tangible property with a value less than $500,000 (S. L.1989, Ch. 567). Legislation related to priority in the sale and use of abandoned railroad rights of way (S. L.1989, Ch. 568) and the Commission was no longer responsible for identifying the sale, transfer, or lease of railroad rights of way (S. L.1989, Ch.569). Additionally the Century Code was changed relating to fencing on railroad rights of way and maintenance of cattle guards and gates (S. L.1989, Ch. 570). Legislation allowed the Commission to regulate transportation of saltwater produced or used in oil and gas exploration, development, and production (S. L.1989, Ch.571). References to the Department of Weights and Measures within the Public Service Commission were removed and legislation changed definitions relating to weight and measure terms (S. L.1989, Ch. 764).
1991 The Commission was given authority concerning any hazards at pipeline facilities (S. L.1991, Ch.497).
1993 Changes in the authority of the Commission concerned public utility hearings and fee charges. Several repeals relating to the Commission and public utilities were included in this legislation (S. L.1993, Ch.1). Susan Wefald was appointed to the Commission effective January 1, 1993. Authority for the testing of oil and gas production meters became the responsibility of the Industrial Commission (S.L.1993, Ch.367). Additional changes were made relating to the jurisdiction of the Public Service Commission regarding telecommunications and telecommunication companies (S. L.1993, Ch.462). Legislation replaced the mandate of the Commission concerning railroad safety rules (S. L.1993, Ch.465) and also involved the unnecessary or unsafe or dangerous railroad crossings and Commission authority to respond by sending a notification or holding a hearing (S. L.1993, Ch. 278). Authority was given to the Commission over transportation of carbon dioxide by pipeline (S. L.1993, Ch.341). Legislation related to Commission authority over the compliance with federal environmental legislation (S. L.1993, Ch. 464) and also to hearings held by the Commission (S. L.1993, Ch.463).
1995 Changes included the authority of the Commission concerning hearings and fees of telecommunication companies (S. L.1995, Ch. 30). An amendment concerned the number of subscribers to a telecommunication companies and the jurisdiction of the Commission (S. L.1995, Ch. 445). Legislation related to unreasonable valuations costs for goods or services by public utility companies (S. L.1995, Ch.444). Publishing an energy conversion and transmission facility inventory for areas excluded or avoided was no longer the responsibility of the Commission (S. L.1995, Ch.454). The Commission was given a role in setting alleged costs and compliance concerns in relationship to environmental laws (S. L.1995, Ch.446). Motor carrier regulation by the Commission was repealed (S. L.1995, Ch.450). Language changes were made relating to weights and measures definitions and classifications (S. L.1995, Ch. 604). The concurrent resolution introduced by the House called for a constitutional amendment allowing the three Public Service Commissioners to continue to serve a six-year staggered term with a requirement that one be elected every two years. If voters approved this change, it would take place in 1996 (S. L.1995, Ch. 646).
1997 Legislation related to federal regulation law, intrastate commerce, and railroad activities (S. L.1997, Ch. 399). Various statutes were repealed concerning federal preemption and regulation by the Commission involving railroads (S. L.1997, Ch. 284).
1999 Changes to the Century Code related to the regulation of hay buyers and roving grain buyers (S. L.1999, Ch.534). Weighing and measuring devices used by transient vendors were no longer regulated by the Commission (S. L.1999, Ch.547). Legislation eliminated the bond requirements for Commissioners (S. L.1999, Ch. 113).
2001 Legislation required the Commission to allow public utilities to recover costs resulting from coal severance tax and coal conversion tax when determining the value of property for rate-making purposes (S. L. 2001, Ch.535). The Commission did not need to compile an annual list of licensed auctioneers and clerks (S. L. 2001, Ch. 440).
2003 The Commission was authorized to investigate and resolve problems regarding the numbering system assigned under the authority of the “national information infrastructure dialing codes”. The purpose was to have a seamless web of public and private communications networks, interactive services with interoperable hardware and software, computers, databases, and consumer electronics (S. L. 2003, Ch. 405).
2005 Legislation gave the Commission authority to track, record, and verify trading of credits for electricity generated from renewable and recycled heat sources (S. L. 2005, Ch.393), to establish criteria for service agreements that included electric public utilities and rural electric cooperatives (S. L. 2005, Ch.394), and to distinguished which telecommunication companies did not need to register with the Commission (S. L. 2005, Ch.395). Legislation concerned regulation of telecommunications, electronic filings of documents to replace a paper copy, and the deletion of all references to the Regulatory Reform Review Commission (S. L. 2005, Ch.399). The Commission had authority to ask companies to pay additional fees for completion of energy conservation facility sites, transmission facilities, corridor, and transmission facility routes for the purpose of establishing an expense recovery fund (S. L. 2005, Ch. 404). The Commission was allowed to impose penalties for violations of the statues governing the licensing of auctioneers and clerks of auctioneers (S. L. 2005, Ch.397).
2007 The Commission was not required to report annually to the Budget Section concerning the Performance Assurance Fund (S. L. 2007, Ch. 63). Legislation related to the local exchange subscribers of a telecommunications company and regulating action by the Commission (S. L. 2007, Ch.404). Additionally legislation concerned the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (S. L. 2007, Ch. 411). Legislation also concerned the adoption of rules governing the decommissioning of commercial wind energy conversion facilities (S. L. 2007, Ch. 505). Changes in weighing and measuring devices and the standards established by the National Institute of Standards and Technology were addressed (S. L. 2007, Ch. 565).
2009 The title “president” of the Public Service Commission was replaced with “chairman” (S. L. 2009, Ch.402). An amendment involved Commission authority in decommissioning wind energy conversion facilities and a directive concerned the role of the Commission in the development of natural resources (S. L. 2009, Ch. 404).
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