Georgia Public Service Commission
|Georgia Public Service Commission|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$9,505,287|
|Length of term:||5 years|
|Authority:||Georgia Constitution, Article IV, Section 1, Paragraph I|
|Leadership:||Chuck Eaton (R)|
|Other Georgia Executive Offices|
|Governor•Lieutenant Governor•Secretary of State•Attorney General•Treasurer•Auditor•Superintendent of Schools•Agriculture Commissioner•Insurance Commissioner•Natural Resources Commissioner•Labor Commissioner•Public Service Commission|
The current commissioners are Tim Echols (since 2011), Stan Wise (since 1995), Chuck Eaton (since 2007, current PSC chairman), H. Doug Everett (since 2003) and Lauren "Bubba" McDonald, Jr. (since 1998). All five are Republicans.
The public service commission is established by the Georgia Constitution.
(a) There shall be a Public Service Commission for the regulation of utilities which shall consist of five members who shall be elected by the people.
State law requires commissioners to be:
- At least 30 years old
- Qualified to vote in state elections
- Free of any financial interest in any public service utility or related business (i.e. stock, bonds, employment contract, etc.)
Georgia Code, 46-2-2
Any person who is at least 30 years of age, is qualified to vote as an elector, and is not directly or indirectly interested in any mercantile business or any corporation that is controlled by or that participates in the benefit of any pool, combination, trust, contract, or arrangement that has the effect of increasing or tending to increase the cost to the public of carriage, heat, light, power, or any commodity or merchandise sold to the public shall be eligible for membership on the commission, without regard to his experience in law or in the utility or transportation business.
Commissioners are elected to six-year terms in staggered years. Each of the five commissioners resides in one of five districts, the boundaries of which are established by state law. Though each commissioner must be a resident of the district he "represents" for 12 months prior to election, commissioners are chosen in statewide elections and not by the citizens of their district. Commissioners take office on December 31 in the year of their election.
- District 3 General Election Results
|Georgia Public Service Commission District 3 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Chuck Eaton Incumbent||52.1%||1,858,663|
|Election Results via Georgia Secretary of State.|
- District 5 General Election Results
|Georgia Public Service Commission District 5 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Stan Wise Incumbent||65.8%||2,110,146|
|Election Results via Georgia Secretary of State.|
There are no term limits for Georgia public service commissioners.
If a vacancy occurs, the governor appoints a replacement to serve until the next general election.
Georgia Code, 46-2-4
Any vacancy in the commission shall be filled by the Governor. Any person so appointed shall hold his office until the next regular general election and until his successor for the balance of the unexpired term has been elected and has qualified.
Public service commissioners are responsible for making regulations covering Georgia's electric, gas, telecommunications and intrastate transportation firms. State law also gives the commission the power to hear complaints against public utilities, require utilities to maintain certain services or facilities, and "examine the affairs" of utilities and "keep informed of their general condition."
- Telecommunications and Transportation
- Internal Consultants
- Consumer Affairs
- Facilities Protection
- Natural Gas
The budget for the Public Service Commission in Fiscal Year 2013 was $9,505,287.
In 2010, commissioners received a salary of $116,452.
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244 Washington Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: (800) 282-5813
Fax: (404) 656-2341
- Georgia Public Service Commission, "Home," accessed February 23, 2014
- Georgia Public Service Commission, "Meet the commission," accessed February 23, 2014
- Georgia Code, "46-2-2," accessed September 19, 2011.
- http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/gacode/ Georgia Code, "46-2-1," accessed September 19, 2011.]
- Georgia Code, "46-2-20," accessed September 19, 2011.
- Georgia Public Service Commission, "2010 Annual Report," accessed September 19, 2011.
- Budget in Briefs, “Budget in Brief: Amended Fiscal Year 2013 and Fiscal Year 2013,” 236, accessed June 17, 2013.
- The Council of State Governments, "Book of the States 2013, Table 4.11," accessed February 2, 2014.