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Fasano thinks it might be time for elected PSC

Well, you knew this was coming, right?

Sen. Mike Fasano's staff is working with the folks in bill drafting on a joint resolution that would, with a three-fifths vote of both chambers, add to the 2010 ballot a proposal for a return to an elected Public Service Commission. The proposal would ask voters whether they like the PSC as is -- an appointed body regulating utilities -- or as it used to be years ago -- an elected body.

Fasano's move comes as he seeks a suspension of PSC utility hearings, in light of investigations into inappropriate communication and socializing between PSC and utility officials.

“Given all that has happened within the last 10 days, I believe the people right now would feel a little bit different about having an appointed commission," Fasano said. "I think overwhelmingly now people would support an elected one. People will argue, 'Well it becomes political.' But how much more political can it get than it is now? The utlities can’t lobby the commission, so they lobby the Legislature that decides who sits on the commission.”


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From PSC 2001 records request, Fasano had the PSC write a bill making Aloha more culpable, as he ran for State Senator. Here is the PSC and Jeb Bush and Yablonski, helping Fasano get elected..
From: Lila Jaber [mailto:LJaber@PSC.STATE.FL.US]
Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2001 9:20 PM
To: 'jeb@jeb.org'
Cc: Brian Yablonski (E-mail 2); Kathleen Shanahan (E-mail); Stu Pollins
(E-mail); David Struhs (E-mail)
Subject: aloha--need to know...

Rep. Fasano lives in Aloha Utility's service area. This is the company that
has a "black water" problem. The water "meets the DEP standards" but it's
black when it comes out of the faucet--reaction of copper pipes and hydrogen
sulfide. The agencies have been working on this issue collectively (you'll
recall the interagency black water report...) and everyone, including Rep.
Fasano, is pitching in to think of long term solutions. In that spirit, the
water management district is making the company think about alternative
water sources and using that as rationale, Aloha recently asked us for a
water rate increase to cover costs for a reverse osmosis plant or something
else that might work. Case is going to hearing in January. In the
meantime, Aloha sought an interim rate increase--they are entitled to that
by law. Monies collected get held subject to refund so customers are
protected, etc. Rep. Fasano came to our meeting today and asked us to deny
it. Long story short, we couldn't deny the rate increase today because of
restricting language in the interim statute. The Rep. may mention it to
you. And..it will probably be covered in at least the Pasco County papers.
Although I share the Rep's frustration over the quality of the water there,
I am comfortable with the decision we made today. For additional
background, I've attached an older email w/more history but if anyone needs
additional info, just let me know. Thanks, Lila
-----Original Message-----
From: Jeb Bush [mailto:jeb@jeb.org]
Sent: Saturday, August 05, 2000 11:05 AM
To: 'Lila Jaber'
Subject: RE: FYI and question re: "Black Water" and Aloha Utilities,

Lila, I am sending this to Brian Yablonski to make sure we have someone from
OPB there.




when we see it our officials are corrupt so as Fasano quote "the utilities can't lobby the commission so they lobby the legislature to tell how sit on the commission " with no customer representation they decide how much the customers have to pay this is dictatorship don't endure it any more and join today

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