49-31-96 Costs of commission proceedings may be assessed against company--Objection.
Costs of commission proceedings may be assessed against company--Objection.
If the commission finds the company has committed a violation of §§ 49-31-89 to 49-31-97,
inclusive, after holding a contested case proceeding or if allowed by § 49-31-95, the commission
may assess the actual costs of the contested case proceeding or contacting subscribers to the
telecommunications company. The assessment shall be limited to actual amounts expended by the
commission for commission employee time, expert witnesses, court reporter fees, document and
exhibit preparation, and other necessary and related expenses incurred by the commission. The
telecommunications company may, within thirty days after the assessment is mailed, file written
objections with the commission stating the grounds upon which it claims that the assessment is not
reasonable. The commission shall within thirty days of receiving such objections hold a hearing and
issue an order in accordance with its findings as to the proper amount to be assessed to the
telecommunications company. The order may be appealed pursuant to chapter 1-26.
Source: SL 1999, ch 227, § 8.