Sen. Dan Gelber is proposing legislation aimed at improving accountability of the Public Service Commission.
The proposal, still in bill drafting, would change the appointment process of PSC commissioners and the Public Counsel, and clarify rules for communication between staff and individuals with regulated industries. Instead of the Governor appointing all the PSC members, the Governor would appoint two individuals and each Cabinet officer appoint one. Rather than the Public Counsel being appointed by a legislative committee, the Governor and Cabinet would select and appoint the Public Counsel.
The bill also would make it clear that any communication by mail, e-mail or similar electronic means between staff and a person legally interested in a proceeding must be preserved and easily retrievable.
"Floridians are facing hard economic times and it is especially important they have confidence that they are paying no more than they need to on their utility bills," said Gelber, D-Miami Beach. "Enhancing accountability by opening up electronic records should help. Also, engaging the entire Cabinet in the appointment process should bring greater attention and oversight to this critical process.”