Critics want reform of Kansas Corporation Commission


The same kind of complaint that the Oklahoma Corporation Commissioners too often bow to the rate demands of utilities rather than protecting consumers has been made in Kansas.

It was there this week that an executive of Spirit AeroSystems pleaded with the Kansas Senate to reform membership and operations of the Kansas Corporation Commission reported the Kansas Reflector.

The Senate is considering Senate Bill 88, a reform measure introduced by Kansans for Lower Electric Rates. It proposes four-year terms f for KCC members and to be elected statewide. It would also forbid regulated public utilities from contributing to KCC candidates. The bill, if adopted and signed into law, would move KCC staff representing consumers in rate cases to fall under a new utilities regulation division to be under the control of the Kansas Attorney General’s office.

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