CPUC Elections Bill Shelved

By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, March 26, 2004 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Senator Jim Battin (R-La Quinta) has decided not to pursue a proposed constitutional amendment to create an elected California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

SCA 6 which would have created a seven member CPUC with commissioners elected by district, won the approval of Senate policy committees last year but stalled on the Senate floor. The measure never came up for a vote before the full Senate.

CMTA strongly opposed SCA 6. Replacing appointed with elected commissioners would politicize the CPUC and adversely impact the quality of CPUC deliberations. The commission workload and ability to meet deadlines would be impacted as well, with commissioners forced by political necessity to spend time away from their duties, raising campaign funds and running for re-election.

The election of commissioners by district would have pitted regions of the state, and the service territories of the investor-owned utilities services, against each other. In the current system, commissioners serve at large and represent the interests of all ratepayers across the state.
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