Katrina McMurrian, a commissioner on the Florida Public Service Commission, is coming under fire after a blogger uncovered evidence that she received ex-parte communications without placing them in the public record. Ms. McMurrian is one of the five members of the state’s Public Service Commission, which exercises regulatory authority over utilities in one or more of three key areas: rate base/economic regulation; competitive market oversight; and monitoring of safety, reliability, and service.
The blog, FPSC Reports, is run by Stephen Stewart and Andrew Bertino, long-time critics of the Public Service Commission. According to their well-documented research, Ms. McMurrian participated in a Standard’s & Poor conference that placed her in an ethically-questionable area, just as the Florida Public Service Commission was set to vote on rate increases for TECO, Florida Power & Light and Progress Energy.
The site is interesting reading for those concerned about ensuring that public officials make a conscience effort to refrain from ethically questionable behavior. I would encourage you to visit it and educate yourself on the issues Mr. Stewart raises.