BILL NO. 54
4th Session, 61st General Assembly
61 Elizabeth II, 2012
Private Member's Bill
Power Rate Reduction Review Act
The Honourable Jamie Baillie
First Reading: April 26, 2012
1 This Act may be cited as the Power Rate Reduction Review Act.
2 In this Act,
3 (1) Subject to subsection (2), within thirty days of the coming into force of this Section, the Governor in Council shall establish a Rate Reduction Review Committee composed of
(a) two members appointed by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Nova Scotia chapter, one of whom represents small businesses and one of whom represents medium-sized businesses;
(b) two members appointed by the Group of IX Seniors' Advisory Council of Nova Scotia, one of whom receives a pension and one of whom does not receive a pension;
(c) one member appointed by the Nova Scotia Chambers of Commerce to represent businesses that rely heavily on power for manufacturing;
(d) one member appointed by the Community Coalition to End Poverty in Nova Scotia;
(e) one member appointed by the Ecology Action Centre as a person with an interest in reducing energy consumption; and(f) one member appointed jointly by the Cape Breton Island Building and Construction Trades Council and the Mainland Nova Scotia Building and Construction Trades Council.
5 Subject to Section 10, the members of the 3Rs Committee shall be paid such remuneration as is determined by the Governor in Council and actual and reasonable expenses incurred by them in the discharge of their duties.
6 (1) The 3Rs Committee shall prepare an inventory of Provincial statutes, regulations and orders and decisions of the Government of the Province, each of which, in whole or in part, in the opinion of the Committee, is an item that likely increases the cost of electricity in the Province by more than fifty thousand dollars per annum.
(2) The inventory of the 3Rs Committee shall be laid before the House, if the House is then sitting, and the Premier, or the Premier’s designate, shall table the inventory in the House on the next sitting day.
(3) Where the House is not sitting when the inventory is filed with the Clerk, the Premier, or the Premier’s designate shall table the inventory in the House within ten days after the House next sits.
(5) Within twenty sitting days after the inventory is tabled in the House pursuant to subsection (2) or (3), the Government shall introduce legislation to repeal the statutes, regulations and orders and reverse the decisions, individually or grouped as approved pursuant to subsection (4), in whole or in part, as set out in the inventory.
8 (1) Within ten days of filing a supplementary inventory with the Clerk of the House of Assembly, the 3Rs Committee shall decide whether it is reasonably possible for the Committee to identify more statutes, regulations, orders or decisions that likely increase the cost of electricity in the Province by more than fifty thousand dollars per annum, and
9 Within ninety days of the date a statute, regulation or order is repealed or a decision is reversed by reason of legislation enacted pursuant to Section 7, the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board shall
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