Gov. Knowles signs Regulatory Commission reauthorization

Posted: Monday, August 12, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has signed into law a bill that extends the Regulatory Commission of Alaska through next June.

The commission regulates utilities that operate in Alaska, including telecommunications, electric, garbage and water.

Without reauthorization, the commission would have had a year to wind-down business and disband.

Reauthorization of the regulatory commission was one of the hardest fought battles of the last legislative session. Some companies had complained to lawmakers that the commission takes too long to make decisions and showed bias in its decisions.

But, after three special sessions, the Legislature finally approved a compromise bill that would have the commission re-elect a new chairman every two years.

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