Lawmakers file bill to reform Florida Public Service Commission

Two Tampa Bay area lawmakers announced Friday that they have filed legislation to reform the state Public Service Commission following a series of controversial decisions by regulators.

Sen. John Legg, R-Trinity, and newly elected Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, said ratepayers have lost confidence in the PSC and they want to take steps to restore the public trust.

The proposed reforms include:

• Limiting commissioners to two consecutive terms;

• Creating five districts for commissioners that align with the District Courts of Appeal;

• Requiring commissioners to live in the district from which they are appointed;

• Prohibiting elected officials from being appointed to the PSC for two years after leaving office.

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