Article 1 Rate and Other Regulations 37-4-1 – 37-4-30
Article 2 Property and Franchises 37-4-40 – 37-4-65
Article 3 Gas Pipeline Systems 37-4-80 – 37-4-88
Article 3A Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Facilities 37-4-90 – 37-4-97
Article 4 Radio Utilities 37-4-100 – 37-4-117
Article 5 Condemnation by Electric Utilities 37-4-130 – 37-4-131
Article 6 Distributed Generation Facilities 37-4-140
Article 7 Energy Security Act of 2015 37-4-150

Terms Used In Alabama Code > Title 37 > Chapter 4

  • AFFILIATED INTERESTS: Such term shall mean and include the following:

    a. See Alabama Code 37-4-1

  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Appellate: About appeals; an appellate court has the power to review the judgement of another lower court or tribunal.
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Articles of incorporation: include amended and restated articles of incorporation and, in the case of a corporation existing on January 1, 1981, its certificate of incorporation, including any amended certificate, and also include, except where the context otherwise requires, articles of merger. See Alabama Code 45-28A-42.07
  • Asset: means property of a debtor, but the term does not include:

    (i) property to the extent it is encumbered by a valid lien;

    (ii) property to the extent it is generally exempt under nonbankruptcy law; or

    (iii) an interest in property held in tenancy in common for life with cross contingent remainder to the survivor in fee to the extent it is not subject to process by a creditor holding a claim against only one tenant. See Alabama Code 37-4-41

  • Bequest: Property gifted by will.
  • board: means the civil service board created by this part; "appointing authority" means in the case of employees in the offices of the elected officers of the city, such elected officers in the case of all other city employees, the city governing body, or board or other agency supervising their work. See Alabama Code 45-8A-130.01
  • BURDEN OF INTERJECTING THE ISSUE: Shall be defined as provided in Section 13A-1-2(14). See Alabama Code 45-39A-13.12
  • CAPITAL OFFENSE: An offense for which a defendant shall be punished by a sentence of death or life imprisonment without parole, or in the case of a defendant who establishes that he or she was under the age of 18 years at the time of the capital offense, life imprisonment, or life imprisonment without parole, according to the provisions of this article. See Alabama Code 45-39A-13.12
  • circuit: means judicial circuit. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
  • city: means the City of Weaver in Calhoun County; "employee" means any person including public works employees, assistant city clerk, city clerk and policemen, not excepted by Section 45-8A-130. See Alabama Code 45-8A-130.01
  • claim for relief: means a right to payment, whether or not the right is reduced to judgment, liquidated, unliquidated, fixed, contingent, matured, unmatured, disputed, undisputed, legal, equitable, secured, or unsecured and specifically shall include the nonpayment of child support pursuant to a court order. See Alabama Code 37-4-41
  • commission: The Alabama Public Service Commission;

    (6) FEDERAL SAFETY STANDARDS. See Alabama Code 37-4-90

  • commission: The Alabama Public Service Commission. See Alabama Code 37-4-1
  • commission: The Alabama Public Service Commission. See Alabama Code 37-4-80
  • commission: The Public Service Commission of Alabama. See Alabama Code 37-4-101
  • commissioner: A member of the commission. See Alabama Code 37-4-1
  • commissioner: The Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries. See Alabama Code 32-6-15
  • Common law: The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States. It is based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action.
  • COMMON STOCK: Such term shall mean and include any and all stock, shares, or interest in any such utility of such nature that the ownership or control of a majority of the stock, shares, or interest, in number and amount, or in number or amount thereof, vests the control and management of such utility in the holders or owners thereof. See Alabama Code 37-4-1
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • cooperative: A cooperative marketing association for marketing of farm products. See Alabama Code 32-6-15
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • corporation: Includes a domestic or foreign business corporation as defined in Chapter 2, a domestic or foreign nonprofit corporation as defined in Chapter 3, a domestic or foreign professional corporation as defined in Chapter 4, and those entities specified in Chapter 20 as corporate. See Alabama Code 45-26-231.06
  • court: Every court and judge having jurisdiction in a case. See Alabama Code 45-26-231.06
  • Court reporter: A person who makes a word-for-word record of what is said in court and produces a transcript of the proceedings upon request.
  • Creditor: means a person that has a claim. See Alabama Code 37-4-41
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • day: When used in the computation of time excludes the first day and includes the last day of the period so computed, unless the last day is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, in which event the period runs until the end of the next day that is not a Saturday, a Sunday, or a legal holiday. See Alabama Code 45-26-231.06
  • Debt: means liability on a claim. See Alabama Code 37-4-41
  • Debtor: means a person that is liable on a claim. See Alabama Code 37-4-41
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Devise: To gift property by will.
  • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Distribution: means a direct or indirect transfer of money or other property, except its own shares, or incurrence of indebtedness by a corporation to or for the benefit of any one or more of its shareholders in respect of any of its shares. See Alabama Code 45-28A-42.07
  • Docket: A log containing brief entries of court proceedings.
  • DOMESTIC INSURER: Any insurer domiciled in this state. See Alabama Code 45-39A-13.08
  • Donor: The person who makes a gift.
  • during: The term as used in Section 13A-5-40(a) means in the course of or in connection with the commission of, or in immediate flight from the commission of the underlying felony or attempt thereof. See Alabama Code 45-39A-13.12
  • Entitlement: A Federal program or provision of law that requires payments to any person or unit of government that meets the eligibility criteria established by law. Entitlements constitute a binding obligation on the part of the Federal Government, and eligible recipients have legal recourse if the obligation is not fulfilled. Social Security and veterans' compensation and pensions are examples of entitlement programs.
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Escrow: Money given to a third party to be held for payment until certain conditions are met.
  • Ex officio: Literally, by virtue of one's office.
  • FEDERAL SAFETY STANDARDS: The minimum standards of safety adopted by the United States Department of Transportation pursuant to the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 1968 (P. See Alabama Code 37-4-80
  • Fee simple: Absolute title to property with no limitations or restrictions regarding the person who may inherit it.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Fiduciary: A trustee, executor, or administrator.
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • Foreclosure: A legal process in which property that is collateral or security for a loan may be sold to help repay the loan when the loan is in default. Source: OCC
  • gas: Natural gas, flammable gas or gas which is toxic or corrosive. See Alabama Code 37-4-80
  • Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
  • Grand jury: agreement providing that a lender will delay exercising its rights (in the case of a mortgage,
  • Guarantor: A party who agrees to be responsible for the payment of another party's debts should that party default. Source: OCC
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Hearsay: Statements by a witness who did not see or hear the incident in question but heard about it from someone else. Hearsay is usually not admissible as evidence in court.
  • HOLDING COMPANY: Such term shall mean and include firms, partnerships, companies, corporations, individuals, and associations made up in whole or in part of individuals, firms, partners, companies, trusts at common law, corporations, or any other legal entities, their lessees, trustees, or receivers appointed by any court whatsoever, in the singular number as well as in the plural, who own or control as much as 10 percent in number or amount of the outstanding shares of common stock of any utility engaged in any intrastate business in this state. See Alabama Code 37-4-1
  • Indictment: The formal charge issued by a grand jury stating that there is enough evidence that the defendant committed the crime to justify having a trial; it is used primarily for felonies.
  • Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
  • Insider: includes :

    (i) if the debtor is an individual:

    (A) a relative of the debtor or of a general partner of the debtor;

    (B) a partnership in which the debtor is a general partner;

    (C) a general partner in a partnership described in clause (B); or

    (D) a corporation of which the debtor is a director, officer, or person in control;

    (ii) if the debtor is a corporation:

    (A) a director of the debtor;

    (B) an officer of the debtor;

    (C) a person in control of the debtor;

    (D) a partnership in which the debtor is a general partner;

    (E) a general partner in a partnership described in clause (D); or

    (F) a relative of a general partner, director, officer, or person in control of the debtor;

    (iii) if the debtor is a partnership:

    (A) a general partner in the debtor;

    (B) a relative of a general partner in, a general partner of, or a person in control of the debtor;

    (C) another partnership in which the debtor is a general partner;

    (D) a general partner in a partnership described in clause (C); or

    (E) a person in control of the debtor;

    (iv) an affiliate, or an insider of an affiliate as if the affiliate were the debtor; and

    (v) a managing agent of the debtor. See Alabama Code 37-4-41

  • insurer: As defined in Section 27-1-2, including, without limitation, any fraternal benefit society and any health organization. See Alabama Code 45-39A-13.08
  • JUDGE OF PROBATE: The judge of probate of the county in which a domestic entity's certificate of formation is filed, or, with respect to a statement of authority under Chapter 8A, which is to be filed in the real property records of a particular county, the judge of probate of the county in which that statement is filed. See Alabama Code 45-26-231.06
  • Jury instructions: A judge's directions to the jury before it begins deliberations regarding the factual questions it must answer and the legal rules that it must apply. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Lien: means a charge against or an interest in property to secure payment of a debt or performance of an obligation, and includes a security interest created by agreement, a judicial lien obtained by legal or equitable process or proceedings, a common-law lien, or a statutory lien. See Alabama Code 37-4-41
  • Mistrial: An invalid trial, caused by fundamental error. When a mistrial is declared, the trial must start again from the selection of the jury.
  • month: means a calendar month. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
  • municipality: Any municipal corporation organized under the laws of this state. See Alabama Code 37-4-1
  • nonutility: Any federal agency, instrumentality, or corporation, owned by the United States, and any corporation or joint stock company in which the United States or any of its departments, establishments, or agencies, owns more than 50 percent of the voting shares of stock of such corporation or joint stock company. See Alabama Code 37-4-1
  • oath: includes affirmation. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
  • Organization: means a person other than an individual. See Alabama Code 37-4-41
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • person: An individual, including the estate of an incompetent or deceased individual, or an organization, whether created by the laws of this state or another state or foreign country, including, without limitation, a general partnership, limited liability partnership, limited partnership, limited liability limited partnership, limited liability company, corporation, professional corporation, professional association, trustee, personal representative, fiduciary, as defined in Section 19-3-150 or person performing in any similar capacity, business trust, estate, trust, association, joint venture, government, governmental subdivision, agency, or instrumentality, or any other legal or commercial entity. See Alabama Code 45-26-231.06
  • person: Any individual, firm, joint venture, partnership, corporation, association, or joint stock association and includes any trustee, receiver, assignee, or personal representative thereof engaged in the transportation of hazardous liquids. See Alabama Code 37-4-90
  • person: Such term shall mean and include individuals, associations of individuals, firms, partnerships, companies, corporations, municipalities, governmental agencies, their lessees, trustees, or receivers appointed by any court whatsoever, in the singular number as well as in the plural. See Alabama Code 37-4-1
  • person: Such term shall include any individual, partnerships, corporations, companies, associations, administrators, executors, trustees and receivers appointed by any court whatsoever. See Alabama Code 37-4-101
  • person: An individual, a partnership, a corporation or two or more individuals having a joint or common interest. See Alabama Code 32-6-15
  • Person: means an individual, estate, partnership, association, trust, business or nonprofit entity, public corporation, government or governmental subdivision, agency, or instrumentality, or other legal or commercial entity. See Alabama Code 37-4-41
  • personal property: includes money, goods, chattels, things in action and evidence of debt, deeds and conveyances. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
  • PIPELINE SYSTEM: New and existing pipe rights-of-way and any pipeline, equipment, facility and building, or any of the foregoing, used by a public utility in the transportation of gas or the treatment of gas during the course of transportation; but "rights-of-way" as used in this article does not authorize the commission to prescribe the location or routing of any pipeline, equipment, facility or building, or any of the foregoing. See Alabama Code 37-4-80
  • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
  • Precedent: A court decision in an earlier case with facts and law similar to a dispute currently before a court. Precedent will ordinarily govern the decision of a later similar case, unless a party can show that it was wrongly decided or that it differed in some significant way.
  • preceding: means next before. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
  • President pro tempore: A constitutionally recognized officer of the Senate who presides over the chamber in the absence of the Vice President. The President Pro Tempore (or, "president for a time") is elected by the Senate and is, by custom, the Senator of the majority party with the longest record of continuous service.
  • Presiding officer: A majority-party Senator who presides over the Senate and is charged with maintaining order and decorum, recognizing Members to speak, and interpreting the Senate's rules, practices and precedents.
  • Principal office: means the office, in or out of this state, so designated in the annual report where the principal executive offices of a domestic or foreign corporation are located. See Alabama Code 45-28A-42.07
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • property: Includes all property, whether real, personal, or mixed, or tangible or intangible, or any right or interest therein. See Alabama Code 45-26-231.06
  • Property: means both real and personal property, whether tangible or intangible, and any interest in property whether legal or equitable and includes anything that may be the subject of ownership. See Alabama Code 37-4-41
  • Prosecute: To charge someone with a crime. A prosecutor tries a criminal case on behalf of the government.
  • pure honey: as used in this article , shall mean the nectar of plants that has been transformed by, and is the natural product of the honeybee, either in the honeycomb or taken from the honeycomb and marketed in a liquid, crystalized or granulated condition. See Alabama Code 45-41-244.26
  • Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
  • RADIO UTILITY: Any person or organization which owns, controls, operates or manages a radio utility system; except, that such definition shall not include a telephone utility or telegraph utility regulated by the commission. See Alabama Code 37-4-101
  • RADIO UTILITY SYSTEM: A system employing any facility within this state to offer a radio service on a for-hire basis to the members of the public who subscribe to such service, and which is operated under such circumstances as would require a license by the Federal Communications Commission as a miscellaneous common carrier in the domestic land mobile radio services. See Alabama Code 37-4-101
  • rate: Such term shall mean and include, in the plural number as well as in the singular, every individual or joint rate, classification, fare, toll, charge, or other compensation for service rendered, or to be rendered, by any utility, and every rule, regulation, practice, act, requirement, or privilege in any way relating to such rate, fare, toll, charge, or other compensation, and any schedule or tariff, or part of a schedule or tariff thereof. See Alabama Code 37-4-1
  • rbc: Risk-based capital. See Alabama Code 45-39A-13.08
  • real property: includes lands, tenements and hereditaments. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
  • Record: means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in perceivable form. See Alabama Code 37-4-41
  • Record date: means the date established under Article 6 or 7 on which a corporation determines the identity of its shareholders and their shareholdings for purposes of this chapter. See Alabama Code 45-28A-42.07
  • Remand: When an appellate court sends a case back to a lower court for further proceedings.
  • Reporter: Makes a record of court proceedings and prepares a transcript, and also publishes the court's opinions or decisions (in the courts of appeals).
  • rights-of-way: as used in this title does not authorize the commission to prescribe the location or the routing of any pipeline facility;

    (5) COMMISSION. See Alabama Code 37-4-90

  • Secretary: means the corporate officer to whom the board of directors has delegated responsibility under Section 10A-2-8. See Alabama Code 45-28A-42.07
  • securities: Such term shall mean and include stock, stock certificates, bonds, notes, debentures, or other evidences of indebtedness, authorized, issued, or executed by any utility. See Alabama Code 37-4-1
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • Shareholder: means the person in whose name shares are registered in the records of a corporation or the beneficial owner of shares to the extent of the rights granted by a nominee certificate on file with a corporation. See Alabama Code 45-28A-42.07
  • Shares: means the units into which the proprietary interests in a corporation are divided. See Alabama Code 45-28A-42.07
  • state: Includes, when referring to a part of the United States, a state or commonwealth, and its agencies and governmental subdivisions, and a territory or possession, and its agencies and governmental subdivisions, of the United States. See Alabama Code 45-26-231.06
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • Subpoena duces tecum: A command to a witness to produce documents.
  • Tenancy in common: A type of property ownership in which two or more individuals have an undivided interest in property. At the death of one tenant in common, his (her) fractional percentage of ownership in the property passes to the decedent
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Transfer: means every mode, direct or indirect, absolute or conditional, voluntary or involuntary, of disposing of or parting with an asset or an interest in an asset, and includes payment of money, release, lease, license, and creation of a lien or other encumbrance. See Alabama Code 37-4-41
  • TRANSPORTATION OF GAS: The gathering, transmission, distribution and storage of natural gas and the transmission and distribution by pipeline of all kinds of gas other than natural gas. See Alabama Code 37-4-80
  • TRANSPORTATION OF HAZARDOUS LIQUIDS: The movement of hazardous liquids by intrastate pipeline, or their storage incidental to such movement, except that it shall not include: any such movement through gathering lines in rural locations, coastal waters, or onshore production; refining or manufacturing, cleansing and processing facilities, not including LNG facilities; or storage or in-plant piping systems associated with any such facilities;

    (4) FACILITIES. See Alabama Code 37-4-90

  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Trial jury: A group of citizens who hear the evidence presented by both sides at trial and determine the facts in dispute. Federal criminal juries consist of 12 persons. Federal civil juries consist of six persons.
  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
  • UNDER SENTENCE OF IMPRISONMENT: As used in Section 13A-5-49(1), the term means while serving a term of imprisonment, while under a suspended sentence, while on probation or parole, or while on work release, furlough, escape, or any other type of release or freedom while or after serving a term of imprisonment, other than unconditional release and freedom after expiration of the term of sentence. See Alabama Code 45-39A-13.12
  • Uniform Commercial Code: A set of statutes enacted by the various states to provide consistency among the states' commercial laws. It includes negotiable instruments, sales, stock transfers, trust and warehouse receipts, and bills of lading. Source: OCC
  • utility: Such term shall mean and include every person, not engaged solely in interstate business, that now or may hereafter own, operate, lease, or control:

    a. See Alabama Code 37-4-1

  • Valid lien: means a lien that is effective against the holder of a judicial lien subsequently obtained by legal or equitable process or proceedings. See Alabama Code 37-4-41
  • Venue: The geographical location in which a case is tried.
  • Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.