4903.23 Fees for copying and certifying documents - status as evidence.

The public utilities commission or power siting board may charge and collect a fee, which shall not exceed cost, for furnishing any copy of any paper, record, testimony, or writing made, taken, or filed under Chapters 4901., 4903., 4905., 4906., 4907., 4909., 4921., 4923., and 4927. of the Revised Code, except such transcript and other papers as are required to be filed in any court proceedings authorized in those chapters, whether under seal and certified to or otherwise; and may charge and collect a fee for certifying a document, which shall not exceed that charged by the secretary of state under division (K) of section 111.16 of the Revised Code. All such fees, itemized, shall be paid into the state treasury on the first day of each month.

Upon application of any person and payment of the proper fee, the commission or board shall furnish certified copies under the seal of the commission or board of any order made by it, which order is prima-facie evidence in any court of the facts stated in such copies. The copies of schedules, classifications, and tariffs of rates, tolls, prices, rentals, regulations, practices, services, fares, and charges, and copies of all contracts, agreements, and arrangements between public utilities and railroads, or either, filed with the commission, and the statistics, tables, and figures contained in the annual or other reports of such companies made to the commission as required by the chapters, shall be preserved as public records in the custody of the commission and shall be received as prima-facie evidence of what they purport to be, for the purpose of investigations and prosecutions by the commission and in all judicial proceedings. Copies of and extracts from any of such schedules, classifications, tariffs, contracts, agreements, arrangements, or reports, made public records, certified by the commission under its seal, shall be received in evidence with like effect as the originals.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.43, SB 162, §1, eff. 9/13/2010.

Effective Date: 09-29-1997