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Virginia State Corporation Commission

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Virginia State Corporation Commission
General information
Office Type:  Non-partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $88,250,490
Total Seats:  3
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   6 years
Authority:  Virginia Constitution, Article IX, Section 1
Leadership:  James Dimitri
Selection Method:  Elected by the General Assembly
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The Virginia State Corporation Commission is a constitutional, three member commission within the Virginia state government. The commissioners are appointed by the General Assembly to serve terms of six years.[1] The commission is responsible for handling all charters "of domestic corporations and all licenses of foreign corporations to do business" within the commonwealth.[2]

Current officeholder

The current chairperson is James Dimitri. He serves alongside Mark Christie and Judith Jagdmann. The chair position rotates annually among the three commissioners on February 1.[3]

Authority

The Corporation Commission is established by Article IX, Section 1 of the Virginia Constitution:

There shall be a permanent commission which shall be known as the State Corporation Commission and which shall consist of three members

Qualifications

Article IX, Section 1 of the Virginia Constitution stipulates that at least one member of the Commission must possess the qualifications prescribed for judges of courts of record.

Appointments

Commissioners are elected by the General Assembly and for terms of six years.

Vacancies

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Duties

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The commissions duties are addressed in Title 12.1, Chapter 3, Section 12 of the Code of Virginia:

.".. Except as may be otherwise prescribed by law, the Commission shall be charged with the duty of administering the laws made for the regulation and control of corporations doing business in this Commonwealth. Subject to such criteria and other requirements as may be prescribed by law, the Commission shall have the power and be charged with the duty of regulating the rates, charges, services, and facilities of all public service companies...."

Divisions

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State budget

The budget for the State Corporation Commission in Fiscal Year 2012 was $88,250,490.[4]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

In 2012, the commissioners received an estimated $144,587. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[5]

Exempt from FOIA laws

The Virginia Supreme Court ruled in the 2011 case of Christian v. SCC that the Virginia Freedom of Information Act does not apply to the State Corporation Commission. The court stated that since the SCC's authority comes not from the legislature but is created in the Virginia Constitution, it is not considered a "public body" and is therefore exempt from public records law.[6][7]

Historical officeholders

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Contact

Virginia

Tyler Building
1300 E. Main St.
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Mailing Address:
State Corporation Commission
<Specific Division>
P.O. Box 1197
Richmond, Virginia 23218

Tel: 804-371-9608
E-mail: sccinfo@scc.virginia.gov

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