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POSTED: March 24, 2007 5:15 a.m.
It could only happen in Georgia, that is, if it’s not Louisiana.
The two states were the only ones in the country to allow industry lobbyists to discuss matters being decided by the Public Service Commission with individual commissioners without those conversations being on the record.
That started to change when Georgia’s PSC decided to develop rules about ex parte (from [by or for] one party) communication. The PSC is much more powerful than most state residents understand. Though the commissioners are elected statewide, few voters really know what the PSC is or what it does.
The world of utility regulation is too complex. However, some start to get it when they are told the PSC decides how much Joe Average Citizen pays for natural gas, electricity and phone service.
Source: Macon Telegraph
 

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