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AB-825 Public Utilities Commission.(2015-2016)

Senate:
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Assembly:
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Veto
Bill Status
AB-825
Rendon (A) , Mark Stone (A)
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Public Utilities Commission.
03/29/15
An act to add Article 5 (commencing with Section 8548.9.1) to Chapter 6.5 of Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code, and to amend Sections 311.5, 314.5, 583, 1701, 1706, and 1710 of, to add Section 468 to, and to add Article 1.5 (commencing with Section 720) to Chapter 4 of Part 1 of Division 1 of, the Public Utilities Code, relating to the Public Utilities Commission.
Assembly
09/16/15
09/04/15

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
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.
09/23/15 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
09/11/15 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 79. Noes 0. Page 3144.).
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 18, Senate Bill 48 and Assembly Bill 825 without my signature. 
These bills include various provisions to increase transparency and accessibility to the Public Utilities Commission. I support the intent of these bills and many of their proposed reforms, however some additional work is needed to ensure that they achieve their intended purposes and can be effectively implemented.
Allowing Bagley-Keene and Public Records Act lawsuits to be brought against the Commission by any interested party in Superior Court, rather than exclusively in the Courts of Appeal and the California Supreme Court, will only result in increased litigation and likely delay Commision decision-making. It will not improve public access to critical information about the actions of regulated entities. Amending Section 583 of the Public Utilities Code to require more information to be publicy available is a much better way to ensure that the public is provided with this information.
Moreover, the Commission needs sufficient funds to fully accomplish some of these reforms, such as holding more public meetings outside of San Francisco, shortening the timeframe for concluding formal ratesetting and quasi-legislative proceedings and expanding the scope of the information required to be posted on the CPUC's web site. I am directing the Commission to work with the Legislature through the budget process to ensure the necessary funds are dedicated to accomplish these needed reforms.
Sincerely,



Edmund G. Brown Jr.