Florida Public Service Commission

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Florida Public Service Commission
General information
Office Type:  Non-partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013-2014 FY Budget:  $24,985,503
Total Seats:  5
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Florida Statutes, 350.01
Leadership:  Art Graham
Selection Method:  Appointed by the governor
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The Florida Public Service Commission is a quasi-executive, quasi-legislative agency in the Florida state government. The commission regulates the state's telecommunications, electrical, gas, water and transport companies. It is comprised of five commissioners appointed by the governor to four year terms.

Current officeholders

The current commissioners are Eduardo E. Balbis (appointed 2010), Lisa Polak Edgar (first appointed 2005), Art Graham (Chairman, appointed 2010), Ronald Brisé, and Julie Imanuel Brown (appointed 2011).[1]

Authority

The public service commission is established by state law. It was known as the Florida Railroad Commission until it was given responsibility for regulating communications and energy utilities in the mid-20th century. As a result, the statutes governing it are located in the title of Florida law governing railroads.[2]

Florida Statutes, 350.01

(1) The Florida Public Service Commission shall consist of five commissioners appointed pursuant to s. 350.031.

Qualifications

Commissioners must be determined to be "competent and knowledgeable in" one or more fields out of the following: public affairs, law, economics, accounting, engineering, finance, natural resource conservation, energy, or "another field substantially related to the duties and functions of the commission." This determination is made by the Public Service Commission Nominating Council, described below.[3]

Appointments

Though commissioners are ultimately appointed by the governor, they must first be nominated by the Public Service Commission Nominating Council, a body that consists of 12 members appointed by various parts of the state legislature. Six members are appointed by the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, three of whom must be sitting members of the House and one of whom must be a member of the minority party. The other six members of the council are appointed by the President of the Florida Senate, subject to similar restrictions regarding sitting members and the minority party.

The Public Service Commission Nominating Council must nominate three persons for each vacancy to be filled on the commission. The governor chooses a nominee, who must then be confirmed by a majority vote of the Florida Senate.[3] Commissioners serve four year terms.

Term limits

There are no term limits associated with the office of public service commissioner.

Vacancies

The governor is empowered to fill vacancies in public service commission seats, per Article IV, Section 7 of the Florida Constitution.[3]

Duties

The commission is responsible for regulating the state's telecommunications, electrical, gas, water and transport companies.

Click here to view a larger-scale image of the Florida PSC Organizational Chart as of March 2013.

Divisions

  • Office of the Executive Director
    • Division of Administrative Services
      • Bureau of General Services
      • Human Resources Section
    • Division of Economic Regulation
      • Bureau of Rate Filings, Surveillance, Finance and Tax
      • Bureau of Certification, Economics, and Tariffs
      • Bureau of Cost Analysis and Recovery
    • Division of Regulatory Analysis
      • Strategic Analysis Section
      • Energy Resource Planning Section
      • Special Studies Section
      • Intercarrier Services Section
      • Certification and Enforcement Section
      • Market Practices Section
    • Office of Auditing and Performance Analysis
      • Performance Analysis Section
      • Bureau of Auditing
    • Division of Safety, Reliability and Consumer Assistance
      • Bureau of Safety
      • Bureau of Service Quality
      • Bureau of Consumer Assistance
    • Office of Commission Clerk
      • Documents and Case Management Section
      • Scheduling and Hearing Reporters Section
    • Office of Information Technology Services
    • Office of Public Information
  • Office of the General Counsel
  • Office of Inspector General

State budget

The budget for the Public Service Commission in Fiscal Year 2013-2014 was $24,985,503.[4]

Compensation

2013

In 2013, the commissioners received a salary of $125,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[5]

2010

Florida's public service commissioners received a salary of $125,000 in 2010.

Historical officeholders

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Contact info

Address:
2540 Shumard Oak Blvd.
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Phone: (800) 342-3552

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