Radical Overhaul of California Public Utilities Commission Proposed by State Lawmakers

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California Assemblymember Mike Gatto introduced legislation last week that would put a proposal on the November ballot to shut down the California Public Utilities Commission by 2018 and allocate its functions to other agencies. The Commission has come under increasing fire for oversight failures following the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion, the 2012 closure of the San Onofre nuclear plant and the ongoing natural gas leak at Porter Ranch. We look at this latest proposal and past attempts to reform the CPUC and what may change about the industries it regulates: electricity, natural gas, telecommunications, water and transportation.


Assemblymember Mike Gatto, member, California State Assembly

Mark Toney, executive director, TURN: The Utility Reform Network

Marisa Lagos, reporter, KQED's California Politics & Government Desk

Steven Weissman, lecturer at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley; former administrative law judge for the CPUC; former policy and legal advisor to three CPUC commissioners