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{{North Dakota SEO infobox}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''North Dakota Public Service Commission''' is a three person state executive board in the North Dakota state government.  
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|Office website = http://www.psc.nd.gov/index.php
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|Budget = 19081863
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|Budget year =2011-2013
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|Seats =3
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|Length of term = 6 years
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|Authority =[[Article V, North Dakota Constitution#Section 2|North Dakota Constitution, Article V, Section 2]]
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|Chair =[[Brian Kalk]] (R)
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|Other offices = [[Governor of North Dakota|Governor]] • [[Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota|Lieutenant Governor]] • [[North Dakota Secretary of State|Secretary of State]] • [[North Dakota Attorney General|Attorney General]] • [[North Dakota Treasurer|Treasurer]] • [[North Dakota Auditor|Auditor]] • [[North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction|Superintendent of Education]] • [[North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture|Agriculture Commissioner]] • [[North Dakota Commissioner of Insurance|Insurance Commissioner]] • [[North Dakota Director of Game and Fish|Natural Resources Commissioner]] • [[North Dakota Commissioner of Labor|Labor Commissioner]] • [[North Dakota Public Service Commission|Public Service Commission]] • [[North Dakota Tax Commissioner|Tax Commissioner]]
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}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''North Dakota Public Service Commission''' is a three person state executive board in the North Dakota state government. The [[Public Services Commissioner|commission]] regulates electric and gas utilities, telecommunication companies and railroads, and is responsible for siting energy plant and transmission facilities.  
  
 
==Current officeholder==
 
==Current officeholder==
The current chairman is [[Tony Clark]]. He serves alongside [[Kevin Cramer]] and [[Brian Kalk]].  
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The current commissioners are Chairman [[Brian Kalk]], [[Randy Christmann]], and [[Julie Fedorchak]].<ref>[http://www.kfyrtv.com/News_Stories.asp?news=60685 ''KFYR-TV,'' "Dalrymple Appoints Julie Fedorchak to PSC," November 30, 2012]</ref>
  
 
==Authority==
 
==Authority==
The [[North Dakota Constitution|state Constitution]] establishes the three person public service commission in [[Article V, North Carolina Constitution#Section 2|Article V, Section 2]]:
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The [[North Dakota Constitution|state Constitution]] establishes the three person public service commission in [[Article V, North Dakota Constitution#Section 2|Article V, Section 2]]:
  
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'''Article V, Section 4''' of the [[North Dakota Constitution]] establishes the qualifications to hold the office of public service commissioner:
 
'''Article V, Section 4''' of the [[North Dakota Constitution]] establishes the qualifications to hold the office of public service commissioner:
  
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==Elections==
 
==Elections==
The commissioners are elected on a statewide basis to staggered six year terms. Commissioner Clark's term expires in 2012, and he has announced that he will not run for re-election.<ref>[http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/067f9677a91c49ae8c5635555d32d6ca/ND--Clark-PSC/ ''The Republic.com'', "ND public service commissioner Tony Clark says he won't run for re-election in 2012," May 5, 2011]</ref> Commissioner Cramer's term expires in 2016, and Commissioner Kalk's term expires in 2014.
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[[File:ND state org chart.JPG|200px|right|thumb|North Dakota state government organizational chart]]
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The commissioners are elected on a statewide basis to staggered six-year terms.
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===Full History===
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<big>'''2012'''</big>
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::''See also: [[North Dakota down ballot state executive elections, 2012]]''
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Incumbent [[Tony Clark]] (R) did not seek re-election in 2012. [[Randy Christmann]] (R) defeated [[Brad Crabtree]] (D) and [[Joshua Voytek]] (L) in the [[State executive official elections, 2012|November 6, 2012 general election]].
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<big>'''2010'''</big>
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|Office=  North Dakota Public Service Commission
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|party1= Republican
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|winner1 = [[Kevin Cramer]]
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|losers = [[Brad Crabtree]] (D) and [[Joshua Voytek]] (L)
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|votes1 = 142644
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|Inc1 = Y
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|party2=Democratic
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|candidate2 = [[Brad Crabtree]]
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|votes2 = 81011
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|party3=Libertarian
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|candidate3 = [[Joshua Voytek]]
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|votes3 = 8315
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|party4=''Write-In''
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|candidate4 = ''Various''
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|Office=  North Dakota Public Service Commission
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|party1 =Republican
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|winner1 = [[Brian Kalk]]
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|losers = Cheryl Bergian
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|Office=  North Dakota Public Service Commission
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|party1= Republican
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|winner1 = [[Tony Clark]]
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|Office=  North Dakota Public Service Commission
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|party1= Republican
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|winner1 = [[ Kevin Cramer]]
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|losers = Ron Gumeringer (D-NPL)
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|party1= Republican
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|winner1 = Susan Wefald
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|losers = Bob Stefonowicz (D-NPL)
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==Vacancies==
 
==Vacancies==
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==Duties==
 
==Duties==
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The commission is responsible for regulating public utilities. The board is granted jurisdiction over railroads, telecommunications companies, pipelines, electric, and heating companies; grain elevators and warehouses; weights and measures; public auctioneers and auction clerks; the siting of energy plants and transmission facilities; reclamation of mined lands; and all other public utilities working within the state.<ref name=article69>[http://www.legis.nd.gov/information/acdata/pdf/69-01-01.pdf ''North Dakota Legislation,'' "Article 69-01: General administration," accessed July 13, 2011]</ref> The specific duties of the commissioners are outlined in [http://www.legis.nd.gov/cencode/t34c05.pdf Chapter49-01] of the [http://www.legis.nd.gov/information/statutes/cent-code.html North Dakota Century Code]:
  
==Divisions of the office==
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The commission does NOT have jurisdiction over:
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*rural electric cooperatives
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*most small telephone companies
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*cable television
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==Divisions==
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The commission has seven divisions:
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*The '''Abandoned Mine Lands Division''' manages a program to remove and dispose of hazards related to abandoned mines, investigates abandoned sites, designs reclamation projects, and manages construction projects.
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*The '''Accounting Division''' manages the accounting and data processing for the other divisions.
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*The '''Legal Division''' provides legal representation, advice and counsel to the commission.
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*The '''Licensing Division''' administers the licensing programs for public grain warehouses, grain and hay buyers, and auctioneers and auction clerks.
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*The '''Public Utility Division''' assists the commission with regulating electric and natural gas utilities and telecommunications companies. The division also addresses complaints, inquiries, and requests for information about public utilities.
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*The '''Reclamation Division''' enforces surface coal mining and reclamation operations state laws.
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*The '''Testing and Safety Division''' maintains standards for measuring weight, volume, and length, and also administers the gas pipeline safety programs.<ref name=article69/><ref name=newsletter>[http://www.psc.nd.gov/docs/go-1-about-the-commission.pdf ''North Dakota Public Service Commission,'' "About the ND public service commission (PSC)," Issue GO-1, May 2009]</ref>
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==State budget==
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The budget for the Public Service Commission in Fiscal Year 2011-2013 was $19,081,863.<ref> [http://www.nd.gov/fiscal/docs/budget/appropbook2011-13.pdf ''State of North Dakota,'' "Legislative Appropriations 2011-2013 Biennium," accessed April 15, 2013] </ref>
  
 
==Compensation==
 
==Compensation==
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[http://www.legis.nd.gov/cencode/t49c01.pdf Title 49] of the North Dakota Century Code sets the annual salary of the commissioners at $92,826 through June 30, 2012, and at $95,611 thereafter.<ref>[http://www.legis.nd.gov/cencode/t49c01.pdf ''North Dakota Century Code,'' "Title 49: Public utilities," accessed July 13, 2011]</ref> In 2010, each of the North Dakota public service commissioners was paid an estimated $85,824 according to the [[Council of State Governments]].<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/drupal/system/files/Table_4.11.pdf ''The Council of State Governments'',"The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," accessed April 23, 2011]</ref>
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===2013===
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In 2013, the orth Dakota Public Service Commissioners were paid an estimated [[Compensation of state executive officers|$95,611]]. This figure comes from the [[Council of State Governments]].<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/kc/system/files/4.11_2013.pdf ''Council of State Governments,'' "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," January 27, 2014]</ref>
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==Contact information==
 
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==See also==
 
==See also==
 
*[[Public Services Commissioner]]
 
*[[Public Services Commissioner]]
*[[Tony Clark]]
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*[[Kevin Cramer]]
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North Dakota Public Service Commission
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2011-2013 FY Budget:  $19,081,863
Total Seats:  3
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   6 years
Authority:  North Dakota Constitution, Article V, Section 2
Leadership:  Brian Kalk (R)
Selection Method:  Elected
Other North Dakota Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurerAuditorSuperintendent of EducationAgriculture CommissionerInsurance CommissionerNatural Resources CommissionerLabor CommissionerPublic Service CommissionTax Commissioner
The North Dakota Public Service Commission is a three person state executive board in the North Dakota state government. The commission regulates electric and gas utilities, telecommunication companies and railroads, and is responsible for siting energy plant and transmission facilities.

Current officeholder

The current commissioners are Chairman Brian Kalk, Randy Christmann, and Julie Fedorchak.[1]

Authority

The state Constitution establishes the three person public service commission in Article V, Section 2:

The qualified electors of the state at the times and places of choosing members of the legislative assembly shall choose a governor, lieutenant governor, agriculture commissioner, attorney general, auditor, insurance commissioner, three public service commissioners, secretary of state, superintendent of public instruction, tax commissioner, and treasurer. ...

Qualifications

Article V, Section 4 of the North Dakota Constitution establishes the qualifications to hold the office of public service commissioner:

To be eligible to hold an elective office established by this article, a person must be a qualified elector of this state, must be at least twenty-five years of age on the day of the election, and must have been a resident of this state for the five years preceding election to office. To be eligible to hold the office of governor or lieutenant governor, a person must be at least thirty years old on the day of the election. The attorney general must be licensed to practice law in this state.
  • qualified North Dakota voter
  • at least 25 years old
  • a resident of North Dakota for at least the five preceding years

Elections

North Dakota state government organizational chart

The commissioners are elected on a statewide basis to staggered six-year terms.

Full History


Vacancies

Article V, Section 8 addresses vacancies in state executive offices. In the event of a vacancy, the governor nominates a successor who must be confirmed by the state senate. Once confirmed, the individual serves the remainder of the unexpired term.

Duties

The commission is responsible for regulating public utilities. The board is granted jurisdiction over railroads, telecommunications companies, pipelines, electric, and heating companies; grain elevators and warehouses; weights and measures; public auctioneers and auction clerks; the siting of energy plants and transmission facilities; reclamation of mined lands; and all other public utilities working within the state.[2] The specific duties of the commissioners are outlined in Chapter49-01 of the North Dakota Century Code:

The commission does NOT have jurisdiction over:

  • rural electric cooperatives
  • most small telephone companies
  • cable television

Divisions

The commission has seven divisions:

  • The Abandoned Mine Lands Division manages a program to remove and dispose of hazards related to abandoned mines, investigates abandoned sites, designs reclamation projects, and manages construction projects.
  • The Accounting Division manages the accounting and data processing for the other divisions.
  • The Legal Division provides legal representation, advice and counsel to the commission.
  • The Licensing Division administers the licensing programs for public grain warehouses, grain and hay buyers, and auctioneers and auction clerks.
  • The Public Utility Division assists the commission with regulating electric and natural gas utilities and telecommunications companies. The division also addresses complaints, inquiries, and requests for information about public utilities.
  • The Reclamation Division enforces surface coal mining and reclamation operations state laws.
  • The Testing and Safety Division maintains standards for measuring weight, volume, and length, and also administers the gas pipeline safety programs.[2][3]

State budget

The budget for the Public Service Commission in Fiscal Year 2011-2013 was $19,081,863.[4]

Compensation

Title 49 of the North Dakota Century Code sets the annual salary of the commissioners at $92,826 through June 30, 2012, and at $95,611 thereafter.[5] In 2010, each of the North Dakota public service commissioners was paid an estimated $85,824 according to the Council of State Governments.[6]

2013

In 2013, the orth Dakota Public Service Commissioners were paid an estimated $95,611. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[7]

Historical officeholders

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Recent news

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Contact information

North Dakota Public Service Commission
600 East Boulevard, Dept. 408
Bismarck, ND 58505-0480

Phone: 701-328-2400
Toll free: 1-877--245-6685
TTY: 1-800-245-6888
Fax: 701-328-2410
E-mail: ndpsc@nd.gov

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