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==Current officeholder==
 
==Current officeholder==
The current chairman is [[Leonard Bentz]] (R), who serves the Southern District.  He was appointed to the Commission in 2006 and has been Chairman since 2013. [[Brandon Presley]] (D) serves the Northern District and [[Lynn Posey]] (R) serves the Central District.
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[[Brandon Presley]] (D) serves the Northern District, [[Lynn Posey]] (R) is chairman and serves the Central District, and [[Steve Renfroe]] serves the Southern District.  
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Renfroe replaced [[Leonard Bentz]], who resigned from the commission effective August 19, 2013. Renfroe was appointed to serve the remainder of Bentz's unexpired term, which is scheduled to end in January of 2016.<ref>[http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2013/08/leonard_bentz_resignes_from_mi.html ''gulflive.com,'' "Leonard Bentz resigns from Mississippi Public Service Commission," August 20, 2013]</ref><ref> [http://www.sunherald.com/2013/09/03/4920889/bryant-names-steve-renfroe-new.html ''Sun Herald,'' "Bryant names Steve Renfroe new public service commissioner," September 3, 2013] </ref>
  
 
==Authority==
 
==Authority==
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==Elections==
 
==Elections==
Public service commissioners are elected to four year terms with no term limits. Mississippi belongs to the handful of states that hold off-year elections, that is, elections in off-numbered years that are neither Presidential nor midterm years. In Mississippi's case, elections are held in the year after a midterm and before a Presidential; thus, 2007, 2011, 2015, and 2019 are all public service commissioner election years.
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Public service commissioners are elected to four year terms with no term limits. Mississippi belongs to the handful of states that hold off-year elections, that is, elections in off-numbered years that are neither Presidential nor midterm years. In Mississippi's case, elections are held in the year after a midterm and before a Presidential; thus, 2019, 2023 and 2027 are all public service commissioner election years.
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===Results===
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====2015====
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:: ''See also: [[Mississippi Public Service Commission election, 2015]]''
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There {{2015is}} a regularly scheduled election for all three seats on the commission in 2015. [[Lynn Posey]] (R), [[Brandon Presley]] (D) and [[Steve Renfroe]] {{2015are}} eligible for re-election. The primary election {{2015is}} scheduled for August 4, 2015, with the general election on November 3, 2015.
  
 
==Vacancies==
 
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==Divisions==
 
==Divisions==
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The Public Service Commission has 6 main divisions.
 
The Public Service Commission has 6 main divisions.
  
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==Compensation==
 
==Compensation==
 
::''See also: [[Compensation of state executive officers]]''
 
::''See also: [[Compensation of state executive officers]]''
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===2014===
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In 2014, each commissioner received a salary of $141,505, according to the [[Council of State Governments]].<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/kc/system/files/4.11%202014.pdf ''Council of State Governments,'' "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed December 2, 2014]</ref>
  
In 2012, Mississippi Public Service Commissioners was paid an estimated [[Compensation of state executive officers|$141,505]]. This figure comes from the [[Council of State Governments]].
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===2013===
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In 2013, each commissioner's salary remained at $141,505.<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/kc/system/files/4.11_2013.pdf ''Council of State Governments,'' Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials: Annual Salaries, accessed January 30, 2014]</ref>
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In 2012, each commissioner was paid an estimated [[Compensation of state executive officers|$141,505]]. This figure came from the [[Council of State Governments]].
  
 
==Historical officeholders==
 
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==Recent news==
 
==Recent news==
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==Contact information==
 
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* [http://www.psc.state.ms.us/ Mississippi Public Service Commission]
 
* [http://www.psc.state.ms.us/ Mississippi Public Service Commission]
  

Latest revision as of 16:12, 16 December 2014

Mississippi Public Service Commission
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013-2014 FY Budget:  $6,307,660
Total Seats:  3
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Mississippi Code, Title 77, Chapter 1
Leadership:  Lynn Posey
Selection Method:  Elected
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The Mississippi Public Service Commission is a three-member executive board in the Mississippi state government. The commission, which regulates telecommunications, electric, gas, water and sewer utilities in the state of Mississippi. The Commission was established in 1884.

Current officeholder

Brandon Presley (D) serves the Northern District, Lynn Posey (R) is chairman and serves the Central District, and Steve Renfroe serves the Southern District.

Renfroe replaced Leonard Bentz, who resigned from the commission effective August 19, 2013. Renfroe was appointed to serve the remainder of Bentz's unexpired term, which is scheduled to end in January of 2016.[1][2]

Authority

The Public Service Commission is created under Title 77-1-1 of the Mississippi Code.[3]

A public service commission, hereinafter referred to in this chapter as the commission, is hereby created, consisting of three (3) members, one (1) to be elected from each of the three (3) Supreme Court districts by the qualified electors of such district.

Qualifications

In order to serve on the Public Service Commission, a person must be:[4]

  • A qualified elector
  • At least 25 years of age
  • A resident of the state for five years proceeding election
  • A resident of the Supreme Court district in which election is sought

Elections

Public service commissioners are elected to four year terms with no term limits. Mississippi belongs to the handful of states that hold off-year elections, that is, elections in off-numbered years that are neither Presidential nor midterm years. In Mississippi's case, elections are held in the year after a midterm and before a Presidential; thus, 2019, 2023 and 2027 are all public service commissioner election years.

Results

2015

See also: Mississippi Public Service Commission election, 2015

There is a regularly scheduled election for all three seats on the commission in 2015. Lynn Posey (R), Brandon Presley (D) and Steve Renfroe are eligible for re-election. The primary election is scheduled for August 4, 2015, with the general election on November 3, 2015.

Vacancies

Note: Ballotpedia's state executive officials project researches the constitutional or statutory text that details the process of filling vacancies for a state executive office. That information for the Mississippi Public Service Commission has not yet been added. After extensive research we were unable to identify any relevant information on state official websites. If you have any additional information about this office for inclusion on this section and/or page, please email us.

Duties

As outlined on the PSC website, the duties of the commissioners are as follows:[5]

  • Regulate telecommunications, electric, gas, water and sewer utilities
  • Assure rates and charges for services are just and reasonable
  • Assure service rendered is reasonably adequate
  • Assure any facilities constructed or acquired are required for the convenience and necessity of the public
  • Exercise safety jurisdiction over gas pipelines and area jurisdiction over all public utilities
  • Answer complaints, make investigation and conduct formal and informal hearings.

Divisions

Click here to view a larger-scale image of the Mississippi PSC Organizational Chart as of 2009.

The Public Service Commission has 6 main divisions.

Natural Gas Division

The Natural Gas Division "represents the public interest with regard to the regulation of investor-owned and certain municipal natural gas utilities in Mississippi."

Electric Division

The Electric Division "represents the public interest with regard to the regulation of the two major investor-owned electric utilities in the state, Entergy Mississippi, Inc. and Mississippi Power Company."

Sewer Division

The Sewer Division "investigates all sewer filings before the Public Service Commission and makes recommendations thereon. Filings reviewed include applications for construction of facilities, applications to serve customers, and notices to revise the rates and charges authorized by the Commission."

Water Division

The Water Division "investigates all water filings before the Public Service Commission and makes recommendations thereon. Filings reviewed include applications for construction of facilities, applications to serve customers, and notices to revise the rates and charges authorized by the Commission."

Telecommunications Division

The Telecommunications Division "represents the public interest with regard to the regulation of incumbent and competitive local exchange carriers and intrastate long distance carriers in Mississippi."

Pipeline Safety Division

The Pipeline Safety Division protects "the public and environment from the accidental release of natural gas or hazardous liquid products with a technologically advanced compliance program that promotes educational standards for the industry and contributes to the health and security of Mississippi.."

State budget

The Public Service Commission's budget for fiscal year 2013 is $6,307,660.[6]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

2014

In 2014, each commissioner received a salary of $141,505, according to the Council of State Governments.[7]

2013

In 2013, each commissioner's salary remained at $141,505.[8]

2012

In 2012, each commissioner was paid an estimated $141,505. This figure came from the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

Note: Ballotpedia's state executive officials project researches state official websites for chronological lists of historical officeholders. That information for the Mississippi Public Service Commission has not yet been added because the information was unavailable on the relevant state official websites, or we are currently in the process of formatting the list for this office. If you have any additional information about this office for inclusion on this section and/or page, please email us.

Recent news

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All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

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Contact information

Mississippi

Mississippi Public Service Commission
Brian U. Ray, Executive Secretary
P.O. Box 1174
Jackson, MS 39215-1174
Phone: 601-961-5434
Fax: 601-961-5469

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