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§ 11a. Electronic filing and issuance
(a) As used in this section:
(1) "Confidential document" means a document containing information for which confidentiality has been asserted and that has been filed with the Commission and parties in a proceeding subject to a protective order duly issued by the Commission.
(2) "Document" means information inscribed on a tangible medium or stored in an electronic or other medium and retrievable in perceivable form.
(3) "Electronic filing" means the transmission of documents to the Commission by electronic means.
(4) "Electronic filing system" means a Commission-designated system that provides for the electronic filing of documents with the Commission and for the electronic issuance of documents by the Commission. If the system provides for the filing or issuance of confidential documents, it shall be capable of maintaining the confidentiality of confidential documents and of limiting access to confidential documents to individuals explicitly authorized to access such confidential documents.
(5) "Electronic issuance" means:
(A) the transmission by electronic means of a document that the Commission has issued, including an order, proposal for decision, or notice; or
(B) the transmission of a message from the Commission by electronic means informing the recipients that the Commission has issued a document, including an order, proposal for decision, or notice, and that it is available for viewing and retrieval from an electronic filing system.
(6) "Electronic means" means any Commission-authorized method of electronic transmission of a document.
(b) The Commission by order, rule, procedure, or practice may:
(1) provide for electronic issuance of any notice, order, proposal for decision, or other process issued by the Commission, notwithstanding any other service requirements set forth in this title or in 10 V.S.A. chapter 43;
(2) require electronic filing of documents with the Commission;
(3) for any filing or submittal to the Commission for which the filing or submitting entity is required to provide notice or a copy to another State agency under this title or under 10 V.S.A. chapter 43, waive such requirement if the State agency will receive notice of and access to the filing or submittal through an electronic filing system; and
(4) for any filing, order, proposal for decision, notice, or other process required to be served or delivered by first-class mail or personal delivery under this title or under 10 V.S.A. chapter 43, waive such requirement to the extent the required recipients will receive the filing, order, proposal of decision, notice, or other process by electronic means or will receive notice of and access to the filing, order, proposal of decision, notice, or other process through an electronic filing system.
(c) Any order, rule, procedure, or practice issued under subsection (b) of this section shall include exceptions to accommodate parties and other participants who are unable to file or receive documents by electronic means.
(d) Subsection (b) of this section shall not apply to the requirements for service of citations and notices in writing as set forth in sections 111(b), 111a(i), and 2804 of this title. (Added 2013, No. 91 (Adj. Sess.), § 4, eff. Feb. 4, 2014.)