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66-115. Effective date of orders; prima facie reasonable. Except as otherwise provided in K.S.A. 66-117 and amendments thereto, all orders, regulations, practices, services, rates, fares, charges, classifications, tolls, and joint rates fixed by the commission shall be in force and effect 30 days after service, and shall be prima facie reasonable unless, or until, changed or modified by the commission or in pursuance of proceedings instituted in court as provided in this act.

History: L. 1911, ch. 238, § 18; R.S. 1923, 66-115; L. 1965, ch. 506, § 35; L. 1980, ch. 200, § 3; L. 1988, ch. 356, § 224; July 1, 1989.

CASE ANNOTATIONS

1. Section provides for review and correction of orders and decisions. City of Emporia v. Telephone Co., 90 Kan. 118, 126, 133 P. 858.

2. Rates established by utilities commission presumed to be reasonable. Railroad Co. v. Utilities Commission, 95 Kan. 604, 148 P. 667.

3. Section does not contemplate change or modification without notice. The State, ex rel., v. Railway Company, 108 Kan. 847, 851, 197 P. 192.

4. Orders of commission have force of statute. Stratton v. Atchison, T. & S. F. Rly. Co., 118 Kan. 673, 679, 236 P. 831.

5. Orders presumed reasonable and valid. Consolidated Flour Mills Co. v. Kansas Gas and Elec. Co., 119 Kan. 47, 51, 237 P. 1037.

6. Section applied to order establishing gas rate. Elliott v. Empire Natural Gas Co., 123 Kan. 558, 565, 256 P. 114, 118.

7. Commission findings supported by evidence; court could not substitute its judgment for that of commission on appeal. Kansas-Nebraska Natural Gas Co. v. State Corporation Commission, 217 Kan. 604, 615, 538 P.2d 702.

8. All rates fixed by commission are prima facie reasonable. Southwestern Bell Tel. Co. v. Kansas Corporation Commission, 4 Kan. App. 2d 44, 47, 602 P.2d 131.

9. Presumption of reasonableness does not mean rates cannot be changed unless costs change; other factors may warrant change. Midwest Gas Users Ass'n v. Kansas Corporation Commission, 5 Kan. App. 2d 653, 661, 623 P.2d 924.

10. All rates fixed by commission are prima facie reasonable. Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board v. Kansas Corporation Comm'n, 28 Kan. App. 2d 313, 16 P.3d 319 (2000).


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