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AB-1023 Public Utilities Commission: proceedings: ex parte communications.(2015-2016)

Bill Status
Rendon (A)
Public Utilities Commission: proceedings: ex parte communications.
An act to add Section 1701.9 to the Public Utilities Code, relating to the Public Utilities Commission.

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
01/19/16 Consideration of Governor's veto stricken from file.
10/09/15 Vetoed by Governor.
09/25/15 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 2 p.m.
09/11/15 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 79. Noes 0. Page 3148.).
09/10/15 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Senate Bill 660 and Assembly Bill 1023 without my signature.

These bills aim to improve the public accessibility and transparency in decision-making at the Public Utilities Commission.
There are many important and needed reforms in this package of bills. Unfortunately, taken together there are various technical and conflicting issues that make the over fifty proposed reforms unworkable. Some prudent prioritization is needed.
These reforms should include greater public access through technology improvements, incorporating public comments into the record, more Commission meetings outside of San Francisco, amending Section 583 of the Public Utilities Code to require more information to be publicy available, facilitating greater deliberation among Commissioners through Bagley-Keene reform to improve decisionmaking and some tightening the rules on certain ex-parte communications.
I am directing my office to work with the authors on drafting these reforms and to ensure the Commission receives the necessary resources to implement them swiftly and effectively.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.