Local/Regional News
4:44 pm
Fri February 18, 2011

Kentucky Senate Passes Bill To Revamp PSC

Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky Senate has passed legislation that would revamp the Public Service Commission by requiring its members to be elected rather than appointed.

The move comes amid widespread criticism from consumers across Kentucky about rising electric rates.

Democratic Sen. Ray Jones of Pikeville, sponsor of the legislation, said the PSC approved a 17 percent rate increase in eastern Kentucky in time for one of the coldest winters in modern history, creating financial hardships, especially for people on fixed incomes.

The Senate passed Jones' bill 29-5 on Friday. It now goes to the House for consideration.

The measure calls for expanding PSC membership from three to seven, with one member elected from each congressional district and one at-large member.