CONCORD – House Science and Technology Chairman James Garrity, of Atkinson, offered the following comments on the concurrence of Senate amendment to House Bill 648, which establishes a commission to investigate the procedural rights of the landowner when a petition is presented to the public utilities commission by a utility seeking eminent domain, develop a framework for the state to provide use rights to transmission developers on state owned rights-of-way, develop policies to encourage burying such lines where practicable, and establish a structure for payment. The concurrence passed on a voice vote.
House Science and Technology Chairman James Garrity
“The changes made by the Senate to House Bill 648 maintains the strong protection of private property rights advocated by the House. We welcome the addition of a study commission to investigate issues related to utilities, eminent domain, use of state right-of-way, and innovative approaches to meeting our regional energy needs.”