Missouri Public Service Commission

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Missouri Public Service Commission
General information
Office Type:  Non-partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-2013 FY Budget:  $12,403,636
Total Seats:  5
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   Serves at the governor's pleasure
Authority:  Missouri Revised Statutes Chapter 386, Section 386.050
Leadership:  Robert S. Kenney
Selection Method:  Appointed by the governor with the consent of the State Senate
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The Missouri Public Service Commission is a five member board in charge of regulating electric, steam, natural gas, water and sewer and telephone companies in Missouri.

The Commission was established in 1913.[1]

Current officeholder

The current chair is Robert S. Kenney. He was named chair on March 1, 2013, after Kevin Gunn resigned his position. Commissioners include:

Authority

The Missouri Public Service Commission's powers, term of office, etc. are derived from Chapter 386 of the Missouri Revised Statutes.

Chapter 386, Section 040:

A "Public Service Commission" is hereby created and established, which said public service commission shall be vested with and possessed of the powers and duties in this chapter specified, and also all powers necessary or proper to enable it to carry out fully and effectually all the purposes of this chapter.[2]

Qualifications

In order to qualify to serve on the public service commission, a person must:

  • Be a resident of the state of Missouri
  • Have resided in the state for at least 5 years next preceding the appointment
  • Be a qualified voter in the state
  • Be at least 25 years of age

Appointments

Missouri state government organizational chart

Per Chapter 386, Section 386.050 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, all five public service commissioners are appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. The governor selects one to serve as chair.[3]

Vacancies

Commissioners can be removed from office by the governor for inefficiency, neglect of duty or misconduct. There must be a public hearing for any such instance. The legislature can also remove commissioners for dereliction of duty, corruption or incompetency. This requires a two-thirds vote of all members of each house, following a public hearing.[4]

According to Missouri Revised Statutes Chapter 386, Section 050, vacancies on the commission are filled by gubernatorial appointment for the remainder of the term of the vacated seat.[5]

Duties

The commission regulates investor-owned electric, steam, natural gas, water and sewer and telephone companies. Its mission is to ensure Missouri consumers have access to safe, reliable and reasonably priced utility service while allowing those utility companies under our jurisdiction an opportunity to earn a reasonable return on their investment. The PSC also regulates manufacturers and retail dealers who sell new and used manufactured homes and modular units.[6]

Divisions

There are six divisions within the commission[7]:

  • Administration and Regulatory Policy Division
  • Secretary/General Counsel Division
  • Regulatory Review Division
  • Tariff, Safety, Economic & Engineering Analysis Department
  • Audits, Accounting & Financial Analysis Department
  • Staff Counsel Department

State budget

The Missouri Public Service Commission's budget for 2012-2013 was $12,403,636.[8]

Compensation

2013

In 2013, the commissioner's salary remained at $88,267.[9]

2010

In 2010, Missouri public service commissioners were paid an estimated $88,267 according to the Council of State Governments.[10]

Historical officeholders

There have been 100 Missouri Public Service Commissioners since 1913.[11]

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Contact information

Missouri Public Service Commission
200 Madison Street, PO Box 360
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0360

Utility Consumer Hotline: 1.800.392.4211
Manufactured Housing Hotline: 1.800.819.3180
TTY (Text Telephone): 1.573.522.9061
Email: pscinfo@psc.mo.gov

See also


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