2017 ORS 759.390¹
Contracts with affiliated interests
  • procedure
  • use in rate proceedings

(1) As used in this section, “affiliated interest” with a telecommunications utility means:

(a) Every person owning or holding directly or indirectly five percent or more of the voting securities of the telecommunications utility.

(b) Every person in any chain of successive ownership of five percent or more of the voting securities of the telecommunications utility.

(c) Every corporation five percent or more of whose voting securities are owned by any person owning five percent or more of the voting securities of the telecommunications utility or by any person in any chain of successive ownership of five percent or more of the voting securities of the telecommunications utility.

(d) Every individual who is an officer or director of the telecommunications utility or of any person in any chain of successive ownership of five percent or more of the voting securities of the telecommunications utility.

(e) Every corporation that has two or more officers or two or more directors in common with the telecommunications utility.

(f) Every entity, five percent or more of which is directly or indirectly owned by a telecommunications utility.

(g) Every person that the Public Utility Commission determines as a matter of fact, after investigation and hearing, actually is exercising any substantial influence over the policies and actions of the telecommunications utility, even though the influence is not based upon stockholdings, stockholders, directors or officers to the extent specified in this section.

(h) Every person that the commission determines as a matter of fact, after investigation and hearing, actually is exercising such substantial influence over the policies and actions of the telecommunications utility in conjunction with one or more other persons with whom they are related by ownership or blood or by action in concert that together they are affiliated with the telecommunications utility within the meaning of this section even though no one of them alone is so affiliated.

(2) When any telecommunications utility doing business in this state, except a telecommunications carrier that has elected to be subject to ORS 759.405 (Election of regulation under ORS 759.405 and 759.410) and 759.410 (Intent of ORS 759.410), enters into any contract to make any payment, directly or indirectly, to any person having an affiliated interest, for service, advice, auditing, accounting, sponsoring, engineering, managing, operating, financing, legal or other services, or enters any charge on the books of the utility, and the contract is to be recognized as an operating expense or capital expenditure in any rate valuation or any other hearing or proceeding, the contract shall be filed with the commission within 90 days of execution of the contract. The contract shall be deemed to be executed on the date the parties sign a written contract or on the date the parties begin to transact business under the contract, whichever date is earlier.

(3) When any telecommunications utility doing business in this state enters into any contract, oral or written, with any person having an affiliated interest relating to the construction, operation, maintenance, leasing or use of the property of the telecommunications utility in Oregon, or the purchase of property, materials or supplies that is to be recognized as the basis of an operating expense or capital expenditure in any rate valuation or any other hearing or proceeding, the contract shall be filed with the commission within 90 days of execution of the contract. The contract shall be deemed to be executed on the date the parties sign a written contract or on the date the parties begin to transact business under the contract, whichever date is earlier.

(4) The commission promptly shall examine and investigate any contract submitted to the commission under subsection (2) or (3) of this section. If, after the investigation, the commission determines that it is fair and reasonable and not contrary to the public interest, the commission shall enter findings and order approving the contract and serve a copy of the findings and order upon the telecommunications utility. Following the commission’s determination of fairness and reasonableness, any expenses and capital expenditures incurred by the telecommunications utility under the contract may be recognized in any rate valuation or other hearing or proceeding. If, after the investigation, the commission determines that the contract is not fair and reasonable in all its terms and is contrary to the public interest, the commission shall enter findings and order disapproving the contract and serve a copy of the findings and order upon the telecommunications utility. Except as provided in subsection (5) of this section, it is unlawful to recognize a disapproved contract for the purposes specified in this section.

(5) When any contract described in subsection (2) or (3) of this section has been filed with the commission within 90 days of execution and the commission has not entered an order disapproving the contract under subsection (4) of this section, the commission may not base its refusal to recognize any expenses or capital expenditures incurred under the contract in any rate valuation or other hearing or proceeding solely on the basis that the contract has not been approved under subsection (4) of this section.

(6) A telecommunications utility may not issue notes or loan its funds or give credit on its books or otherwise to any person having an affiliated interest, either directly or indirectly, without the approval of the commission.

(7) The action of the commission with respect to all the matters described in this section shall be by findings and order to be entered within 90 days after the matter has been submitted to the commission for consideration. An order of the commission under this section is subject to judicial review in the manner provided by ORS 756.610 (Judicial review).

(8) This section applies only to transactions in which the telecommunications utility’s Oregon intrastate expenditure to the affiliate is more than $100,000. [1987 c.447 §44; 1989 c.956 §5; 1991 c.899 §2; 1999 c.809 §2; 2005 c.232 §22; 2005 c.638 §16a; 2017 c.312 §10]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 759—Telecommunications Utility Regulation, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors759.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
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