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Montana Public Service Commission
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2014 FY Budget:  $3,736,532
Total Seats:  5
Term limits:  Two terms in any 16 year period
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Montana Annotated Code, Title 69, chapter 1, part 102
Leadership:  Bill Gallagher (R)
Selection Method:  Elected
Elections
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
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The Montana Public Service Commission is a five-member board responsible for regulation of energy, telecom, water/sewer, transportation and pipeline utilities in the state.

Current officeholder

The current chairman is Bill Gallagher (R) (District 5) and Bob Lake (R) (District 4) is vice chairman. Commissioners include Travis Kavulla (R) (District 1), Kirk Bushman (R) (District 2) and Roger Koopman (R) (District 3).

Authority

Title 69, chapter 1, part 102 of the Montana Code addresses the creation of the Public Service Commission.[1]

Under 69-1-102:

A public service commission is hereby created, whose duty it is to supervise and regulate the operations of public utilities, common carriers, railroads, and other regulated industries listed in this title. Such supervision and regulation shall be in conformity with this title.

Qualifications

Title 69, chapter 1, part 103 of the Montana Code addresses states that commissioners must be qualified electors of the district from which they are elected.[2]

Elections

Montana state government organizational chart

The commissioners are elected to four-year term from five districts throughout the state. The commissioners select a chair and vice chairman.[3]

Commissioners take office on the first Monday of January following the election. Commissioners may not serve more than 8 years in a 16-year period.[4]

2012

See also: Montana down ballot state executive elections, 2012

District 2

Incumbent Brad Molnar (R) could not seek re-election due to term limits. Kirk Bushman (R) defeated Chuck Tooley (D) in the November 6, 2012 general election.

Montana Public Service Commission District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Chuck Tooley 47.3% 42,587
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKirk Bushman 52.7% 47,385
Total Votes 89,972
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.

District 3

Incumbent John Vincent (D) lost his bid for re-election to Roger Koopman (R) in the November 6, 2012 general election.

Montana Public Service Commission District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic John Vincent Incumbent 49.1% 50,513
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRoger Koopman 50.9% 52,330
Total Votes 102,843
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.

District 4

Incumbent Gail Gutsche (D) lost her bid for re-election to Bob Lake (R) in the November 6, 2012 general election.

Montana Public Service Commission District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Gail Gutsche Incumbent 48.6% 46,462
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Lake 51.4% 49,140
Total Votes 95,602
Election Results via Montana Secretary of State.


Vacancies

Under 69-1-106 of the Montana Code all vacancies are filled by appointment by the governor:[5]

Any vacancy occurring in the commission must be filled by appointment by the governor. The appointee shall hold office until the next general election and until a successor is elected and qualified. At the biennial election following the occurrence of any vacancy in the commission, there must be elected one member to fill out the unexpired term for which the vacancy exists.

Duties

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Divisions

The Public Service Commission has four main divisions:

  • Energy
  • Telecommunications
  • Water/Sewer
  • Transportation
  • Pipeline Safety

State budget

The Public Service Commission's budget for fiscal year 2014 is $3,736,532.[6]

Compensation

2013

In 2013, the commissioners were paid an estimated $95,651.[7]

2010

In 2010, Montana Public Service Commissioners were paid an estimated $88,528 according to the Council of State Governments.[8]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Department address:
Public Service Commission
1701 Prospect Ave
P.O. Box 202601
Helena, MT 59620-2601

Phone: (406) 444-6199
TDD: (406) 444-4212
Fax: (406) 444-7618

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