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PSC changes its rules

POSTED: May 12, 2009 10:12 a.m.
ATLANTA (AP) - The State Public Service Commission has defied a 16-year-old state law by voting 3-2 to increase the tenure of its chairman to two years instead of the year set by law.

It then chose Stan Wise to serve in the post for two years beginning in July and voted to replace a state-mandated rotation system with one in which the PSC elects it chairman.

Wise is a self-described foe of consumerists. The move would deny Robert Baker, considered a consumer watchdog, from serving as chairman.

Russ Willard, a spokesman for Attorney General Thurbert Baker who has been asked to issue an opinion on the issue, said the PSC does not have the power to declare a law unconstitutional, so the vote may not stand.

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