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Substitute House Bill No. 6682

Public Act No. 03-248

AN ACT CONCERNING SITING COUNCIL REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS FOR CERTAIN ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION LINES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (c) of section 16-50p of the general statutes is amended by adding subdivision (3) as follows (Effective from passage):

(NEW) (3) Any application for an electric transmission line with a capacity of three hundred forty-five kilovolts or more that is filed on or after May 1, 2003, and that proposes the underground burial of such line in all residential areas and overhead installation of such line in industrial and open space areas affected by such proposal shall have a rebuttable presumption of meeting a public benefit for such facility if the facility is substantially underground, and meeting a public need for such facility if the facility is substantially above ground. Such presumption may be overcome by evidence submitted by a party or intervenor to the satisfaction of the council.

Approved July 9, 2003