Senator Ray Jones has pre-filed legislation to give consumers a voice on the PSC
In an effort to give consumers more of a voice on their utility rates, senator Ray Jones of Pikeville has pre-filed legislation requiring members of the Public Service Commission to be elected by the public. Under the bill, the PSC would consist of seven members one from each of the six congressional districts and one from the state at large. Members of the PSC would be elected during the regular election in even numbered years for terms of four years. PSC members are currently appointed by the governor. Senator Jones explained that allowing the public to vote on the PSC members would give consumers more of a voice and ensure that rate increases would be levied more fairly.