The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
is a three-member appointed state executive commission in the Washington state government.
The mission of the WUT is "to protect consumers ensuring that utility and transportation services are fairly priced, available, reliable and safe."
The current chairman is Jeffrey Goltz. He serves alongside Patrick Oshie and Philip Jones.
The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission is established in the Washington Code.
Washington Code - 80.01.010:
| There is hereby created and established a state commission to be known and designated as the Washington utilities and transportation commission...
Article 3, Section 25 of the state constitution establishes the qualifications of the office:
| Qualifications, Compensation, Offices Which May Be Abolished. No person, except a citizen of the United States and a qualified elector of this state, shall be eligible to hold any state office...
- a citizen of the United States
- a qualified elector in Washington
Washington Utilities and Transportation commissioners are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. Commissioners serve a term of six years.
The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission is responsible for regulation of electric, telecommunications, natural gas and water utilities. Additionally, the commission regulates in-state household movers, solid waste carriers, private ferries, and inter-city busses, along with safety issues affecting charter buses, railroads, limousines, and nonprofit senior/handicapped transportation services.
In 2010, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commissioners were each paid an estimated $128,000, according to the Council of State Governments.
Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
1300 S. Evergreen Park Dr. SW
Olympia, WA 98504-7250