Florida Public Service Commission
|Florida Public Service Commission|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Florida Statutes, 350.01|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by the governor|
|Other Florida Executive Offices|
|Governor•Lieutenant Governor•Secretary of State•Attorney General•Chief Financial Officer•Commissioner of Education•Agriculture Commissioner•Insurance Commissioner•Environmental Protection Secretary•Economic Opportunity Director•Public Service Commission|
The current commissioners are Eduardo E. Balbis (appointed 2010), Lisa Polak Edgar (first appointed 2005), Art Graham (appointed 2010), Ronald Brisé (Chairman, appointed 2010), and Julie Imanuel Brown (appointed 2011).
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.
Florida Statutes, 350.01
(1) The Florida Public Service Commission shall consist of five commissioners appointed pursuant to s. 350.031.
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.
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. Commissioners serve four year terms.
There are no term limits associated with the office of public service commissioner.
The commission is responsible for regulating the state's telecommunications, electrical, gas, water and transport companies.
- 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
- Division of Administrative Services
- Office of the General Counsel
- Office of Inspector General
Florida's public service commissioners received a salary of $125,000 in 2010.
2540 Shumard Oak Blvd.
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Phone: (800) 342-3552