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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $4,206,951
Total Seats:  3
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   6 years
Authority:  South Dakota laws, Chapter 49-1-8
Leadership:  Gary Hanson (R)
Selection Method:  Elected
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The South Dakota Chairman of Public Utilities is a three-person, elected executive board in the South Dakota state government. The commission regulates utility companies, helps to resolve disputes between customers and their utilities, operates safety programs, and licenses and inspects state public grain warehouses and grain buyers.[1]

Current officeholder

The current chairman is Gary Hanson. He serves alongside vice-chairman Chris Nelson and commissioner Kristie Fiegen.

Authority

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission was established in Chapter 49 of the South Dakota laws.[2]

Chapter 49-1-8:

Creation of Public Utilities Commission--Secretary--Seal. The Public Utilities Commissioners who are elected shall constitute a commission to be known and designated as the Public Utilities Commission of the State of South Dakota.

Qualifications

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Elections

South Dakota state government organizational chart

The three public service commissioners are elected to staggered, six-year terms.[1]

Full History


Vacancies

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Duties

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Divisions

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State budget

The budget for the Public Utilities Commission in Fiscal Year 2013 was $4,206,951.[4]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

2013

In 2013, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission was paid an estimated $94,132. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[5]

2010

In 2010, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioners were each paid an estimated $91,390 according to the Council of State Governments.[6]

Historical officeholders

Public Utilities Commissioners

There have been 45 South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioners since 1890. Of the 45 officeholders, 26 were Republican, 11 were Democratic, and 3 were Populist.[7]

Board of Railroad Commissioners

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission was originally an appointed board called the Board of Railroad Commissioners. There were eight such commmissioners between 1886 and 1889.[7]

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Contact information

South Dakota

Public Utilities Commission
Capitol Building, 1st floor
500 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501-5070

Phone Numbers
Routine Business: 605-773-3201
Warehouse Division: 605-773-5280
Consumer Affairs: 1-(800)-332-1782

Fax Numbers
PUC: 1-(866)-757-6031
Warehouse Division: 605-773-3225

See also

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