LD 237
Session - 127th Maine Legislature
LR 559
Item 1
Bill Tracking, Additional Documents Chamber Status

An Act To Address Recommendations from the Report by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability Regarding the Public Utilities Commission

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 35-A MRSA §1701, sub-§2,  as enacted by PL 1987, c. 141, Pt. A, §6, is amended to read:

2. Staff of the Public Advocate.   The staff of the Public Advocate shall consist consists of such other personnel, including staff attorneys, as the Public Advocate determines necessary to represent and advise the using and consuming public, as required by subsection section 1702. All such personnel shall be are appointed, supervised and directed by the Public Advocate. The Public Advocate is not subject to the supervision, direction or control of the chairman chair or members of the commission.

Sec. 2. 35-A MRSA §1701, sub-§3, ¶¶E and F,  as enacted by PL 1999, c. 259, §4, are amended to read:

E. Business Services Manager, salary range 26; and
F. Special Assistant to the Public Advocate, salary range 20 . ; and

Sec. 3. 35-A MRSA §1701, sub-§3, ¶G  is enacted to read:

G Consumer Advisor, salary range 25.

Sec. 4. 35-A MRSA §1702, sub-§11  is enacted to read:

11 Advice to using and consuming public.   The Public Advocate may advise a member of the using and consuming public regarding participation in proceedings before the commission.


This bill establishes a consumer advisor position in the Office of the Public Advocate to advise citizens participating in proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission. The position is established to address a recommendation in the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability's 2013 report on the Public Utilities Commission that the Public Utilities Commission and the Public Advocate explore ways to facilitate consumers' ability to effectively represent themselves in adjudicatory proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission.

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