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SB-660 Public Utilities Commission.(2015-2016)

Bill Status
Leno (S) , Hueso (S)
Public Utilities Commission.
An act to amend Sections 308, 309.6, 1701.1, 1701.2, 1701.3, 1701.4, and 1701.5 of, and to add Sections 305.5, 307.5, 1701.6, 1701.7, and 1701.8 to, the Public Utilities Code, relating to the Public Utilities Commission.

Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Floor Process
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
04/25/16 Last day to consider Governors veto pursuant to Joint Rule 58.5.
10/09/15 In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
10/09/15 Vetoed by the Governor.
09/16/15 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4:45 p.m.
09/11/15 Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 40. Noes 0. Page 2753.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Senate:

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 of the rules on 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.