Legislation to Allow Further Review of CPUC Records Requests Dies Again

September 11, 2017

San Diego Union-Tribune
By Jeff McDonald

For the third straight year, legislation to allow public records requests rejected or delayed by the California Public Utilities Commission to be heard in Superior Court has been defeated.

Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, amended his latest bill to reform the utilities commission late last week, saying it would not otherwise have passed.

“The issue continues to be important to me and one I’ll try to advance, but there were certain roadblocks we couldn’t overcome this year,” Hill said in a statement on Monday.

The bill would enact other improvements to the utilities commission, Hill said, including requiring regulators to notify the Attorney General’s Office whenever they hire outside lawyers.