2013 South Carolina Code of Laws
Title 58 - Public Utilities, Services and Carriers
CHAPTER 4 - OFFICE OF REGULATORY STAFF
SECTION 58-4-100. Employment of expert witnesses.; compensation.
To the extent necessary to carry out regulatory staff responsibilities, the executive director is authorized to employ expert witnesses and other professional expertise as the executive director may consider necessary to assist the regulatory staff in its participation in commission proceedings. The compensation paid to these persons may not exceed compensation generally paid by the regulated industry for such specialists. The compensation and expenses therefor must be paid by the public utility or utilities participating in the proceedings upon agreement between the public utility or utilities participating in the proceedings and the Office of Regulatory Staff or upon approval by the Review Committee or from the regulatory staff's budget. If paid by the public utility or utilities, the compensation and expenses must be treated by the commission, for ratemaking purposes, in a manner generally consistent with its treatment of similar expenditures incurred by utilities in the presentation of their cases before the commission. An accounting of compensation and expenses must be reported annually to the review committee, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
HISTORY: 2004 Act No. 175, Section 6, eff July 1, 2004; 2005 Act No. 5, Section 7, eff December 3, 2004.
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