LRB-4470/1
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2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
December 21, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Sanfelippo, Kuglitsch,
Brandtjen, Knodl, Kooyenga, Hutton, Ott, Skowronski, Tauchen,
Weatherston and Wichgers, cosponsored by Senators Craig, Darling,
Wanggaard and Vukmir. Referred to Committee on Energy and Utilities.
AB774,1,3 1An Act to repeal 200.55 (1) (g); to amend 200.59 (5) (a); and to create 200.37
2(4) of the statutes; relating to: the charges, rules, and practices of the
3Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill provides that, when the Public Service Commission investigates a
complaint regarding Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District charges, rules, or
practices, the PSC must make its determination without deference to MMSD. The
bill also removes the presumption that, when the PSC reviews certain charges
established by MMSD, the user and service charges established by MMSD are
reasonable. Current law requires that user and service charges established by
MMSD are presumed reasonable in a review of those charges by the PSC.
This bill also prohibits MMSD from disconnecting sewerage service with a city,
village, town, sanitary district, or metropolitan sewerage district that contracts for
service with MMSD unless that disconnection is approved by the PSC.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB774,1 4Section 1. 200.37 (4) of the statutes is created to read:
AB774,2,25 200.37 (4) Disconnection. The commission may not disconnect any connection
6with or use of the sewerage system by a city, village, town, sanitary district, or

1metropolitan sewerage district that contracts with the commission for service under
2s. 200.39 (1) unless the disconnection is approved by the public service commission.
AB774,2 3Section 2. 200.55 (1) (g) of the statutes is repealed.
AB774,3 4Section 3. 200.59 (5) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB774,3,65 200.59 (5) (a) Except as provided under s. 200.41 (2), upon complaint to the
6public service commission by any user that charges, rules and practices under this
7section are unreasonable or unjustly discriminatory, according to the standards and
8criteria which the commission is required to follow under state or federal law,
9including, without limitation because of enumeration, this section, 33 USC 1251 et
10seq. and ch. 283, or upon complaint of a holder of a revenue bond or other evidence
11of debt, secured by a mortgage on the sewerage system or any part thereof or pledge
12of the income of sewerage service charges, that charges are inadequate, the public
13service commission shall investigate the complaint. If sufficient cause therefor
14appears, the public service commission shall set the matter for a public hearing upon
1510 days' notice to the complainant and the commission. After the hearing, if the
16public service commission determines that the charges, rules or practices
17complained of are unreasonable or unjustly discriminatory, it shall determine and
18by order fix reasonable charges, rules and practices and shall make such other order
19respecting such complaint as may be just and reasonable. The proceedings under
20this subsection shall be governed, as far as applicable, by ss. 196.26 to 196.40. The
21commission may submit the factual data, reports and analyses considered by it in
22establishing the charges, rules or practices subject to a complaint under this
23subsection. The public service commission shall give due weight to such data, reports
24and analyses. The public service commission shall make the determination without
25deference to the commission.
Judicial review of the determination of the public

1service commission may be had by any person aggrieved in the manner prescribed
2under ch. 227. If any user pays a charge and the public service commission or court,
3on appeal from the public service commission, finds such charge, after reviewing a
4complaint filed under this subsection, to be excessive, the district shall refund to the
5user the excess plus the interest thereon computed at the rate then paid by the
6district for borrowing funds for a term of one year or less.
AB774,3,77 (End)
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