Senate dumps PUC Commissioner Chong

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Dec. 11, 2009 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The confirmation of Public Utilities Commissioner Rachelle Chong took a significant blow this week (Dec. 7th) when Senate Pro-Tempore Darrel Steinberg refused to schedule a confirmation hearing before the Senate Rules Committee this year, a move that assures Chong’s removal from the panel at the end of the year. 

Chong was originally appointed to the PUC in 2006 to replace Susan Kennedy who is now Schwarzenegger’s chief of staff and was reappointed to the post last year. Chongs’s removal from the PUC is a blow to the Schwarzenegger Administration, in particular Chong-ally Kennedy, and hints that some tension exists between the Pro-Tem and the Governor heading in to what is expected to be yet another difficult budget year.  

Chong, a lawyer who specializes in communications regulatory law from the Stockton area, is a former member of the Federal Communications Commission during the Clinton Administration.  Her experience, knowledge and commitment to encouraging investment and fair competition will be sorely missed by California.

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