Gino DiCaro

CPUC Elections Bill Held in Committee

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, May 23, 2004 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

A proposal to amend the constitution and create an elected California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) ended with a whimper, not a bang.

On May 20, the Senate Appropriations Committee quietly shelved Senate Constitutional Amendment 6 (Battin, R-La Quinta) which creates a seven member CPUC with commissioners elected by district. The measure was held in committee.

CMTA strongly opposes 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 pit 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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