69-3-501. Regulation of issuance of securities and creation of liens by utilities. (1) Whenever a public utility furnishing electric or gas service in the state has revenue derived from sources in Montana which exceeds $5 million or 5% of its gross revenue, the utility's right to issue, assume, or guarantee securities and to create liens on its property in the state is subject to the regulation and supervision of the commission, as set forth in this part.
(2) The public utility, when authorized by order of the commission and not otherwise, may issue stocks and stock certificates and may issue, assume, or guarantee other securities payable at periods of more than 12 months thereafter for the following purposes:
(a) the acquisition of property;
(b) the construction, completion, extension, or improvement of its facilities;
(c) the improvement or maintenance of its service;
(d) the discharge or lawful refunding of its obligations;
(e) the reimbursement of money actually expended for said purposes from income or from other money; or
(f) any other purpose approved by the commission.