Significant Turnover on Utilities Committees

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

Capitol Update, Jan. 14, 2005 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

As the 2005-06 session gets underway, the Legislature’s two policy committees on energy, telecommunications and utilities have several new members and a new chairperson.

The Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee has five new members: Chairwoman Martha Escutia (D-Whittier), Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego), Joe Simitian (D-Santa Clara), John Campbell (R-Orange), and Dave Cox (R-Fair Oaks). The 11-member committee has seven Democrats and four Republicans.

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The Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee also has five new members: Joe Baca (D-San Bernardino), Sam Blakeslee (R-Santa Maria), Rebecca Cohn (D-Saratoga), Hector De La Torre (D-South Gate), and William Emmerson (R-Rancho Cucamonga). The 10-member committee has six Democrats and four Republicans. Assemblyman Lloyd Levine (D-Van Nuys), who has served on the committee since 2003, has been promoted to committee chair, and Assemblyman Russ Bogh (R-Cherry Valley), named to the committee last year, is now the Vice Chair.

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It is anticipated that the committees will deal with an array of topics in the new session, including telecommunications regulatory reform, California Public Utilities Commission oversight and reform and the Governor’s "Million Solar Roofs Initiative." The committees may also have to reckon with an energy resource adequacy bill if Speaker Fabian Nunez (D-Los Angeles) follows through with his pledge to introduce legislation this session along the lines of AB 2006, which the Governor vetoed. It appears increasingly likely that if Nunez decides to introduce such a bill it will be significantly scaled-back compared to AB 2006.

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