PROPOSED RULEMAKING / UPDATE

PUC RULE CHAPTERS 6-61, 6-63, 6-65, AND 6-68 HAVE MOVED FROM TITLE 6 TO TITLE 16

Act 108, Session Laws of Hawaii 2014 (Act 108), transferred the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) from Department of Budget and Finance (B&F) to Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA). The numbering system for the Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) uses different numbers for different departments. The B&F rules are in Title 6, and the DCCA rules are in Title 16.

Therefore, in accordance with Act 108, four chapters of the HAR have moved, substantially as-is, from B&F (Title 6) to DCCA (Title 16). To change the numbers required the simultaneous repeal of the existing chapters (in the B&F title) and adoption of new chapters (in the DCCA title). The following are the affected PUC chapters:

  • Rules of Practice and Procedure before the Public Utilities Commission:
    Repealed Chapter 6-61, Adopted Chapter 16-601.
  • Motor Carrier Tariffs and Schedules:
    Repealed Chapter 6-63, Adopted Chapter 16-603.
  • Water Carriers:
    Repealed Chapter 6-65, Adopted Chapter 16-605.
  • Investigation and Enforcement of Laws Governing Public Utilities, Motor Carriers, and Water Carriers:
    Repealed Chapter 6-68, Adopted Chapter 16-608.

Full-text versions of the new chapters are provided on the PUC website at https://puc.hawaii.gov/about/statutes-rules-orders/

The PUC is reviewing its other chapters and may revise and update them, pursuant to notice and hearings, before moving them to Title 16.  Until then, references/citation to unaffected PUC chapters should remain the same.

For the four affected Chapters (i.e., 6-61, 6-63, 6-65, and 6-68), beginning January 1, 2019, references/citation should be to the new Chapter numbers (i.e., 16-601, 16-603, 16-605, and 16-608) rather than the old Chapter numbers.

Questions may be directed to [email protected] or 586-2020.