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04-158 Public Service Commission

The mission of the Louisiana Public Service Commission is to regulate the rates and service practices of the utilities and motor carriers operating in the State of Louisiana in order to secure for the public safe, adequate, and reliable service at rates that adequately compensate the utilities and carriers while ensuring affordable rates to the customers.

The goals of the Louisiana Public Service Commission are:

1. Be readily available and responsive to the general public.

2. Be consistent with regard to the application and enforcement of commission procedures, substantive rules and orders of the commission, as well as state and federal law.

3. Efficiently process rate applications, complaints, requests for authority, and other proceedings before the commission.

4. Increase efficiency and effectiveness through better-inter-division communication and planning.

5. Develop a plan for pulling together commission procedural and substantive rules and general orders into an organized format.

6. Develop a plan to annotate and digest commission orders issued in individual dockets.

7. Improve upon the ratio of commission orders that are either not appealed or are affirmed upon appeal, to the total number of orders issued over a three-year period.

8. Reduce the number of proceeding pending more than one year.

The Louisiana Public Service Commission consists of five elected members, who serve overlapping terms of six years, from single member districts established by law. The commission applies uniform standards and promotes compliance through forced registration and, in the case of transportation companies, by means of highway enforcement. Revenues generated from fee collections fund the commission's activities.

The Public Service Commission administers the constitution, laws and regulations that give the commission regulatory authority over utilities and common carriers operating within the state. The commission assists federal regulatory agencies in their enforcement activities by requiring the registration of the operating rights of all motor carriers engaged in interstate commerce that traverse the highways of the State of Louisiana and requiring that each motor vehicle contain an identification stamp. The commission hires qualified personnel and provides them with training and proper equipment in order to enforce laws and regulations.

The Public Service Commission has four programs: Administrative, Support Services, Motor Carriers, and District Offices.

BUDGET SUMMARY

This agency's recommended appropriation does not include any funds for short-term debt.

This agency does not have any long-term debt for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.

This agency's recommended appropriation also includes the following amount by means of financing for payments on the unfunded accrued liability of the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System in accordance with the provisions of Article X, Section 29 of the Constitution of Louisiana:

State General Fund by:

 

 

     Statutory Dedications

 

$227,269

 

 

 

Total

 

$227,269

BUDGET SUMMARY

This agency's recommended appropriation does not include any funds for short-term debt.

This agency does not have any long-term debt for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.

This agency's recommended appropriation also includes the following amount by means of financing for payments on the unfunded accrued liability of the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System in accordance with the provisions of Article X, Section 29 of the Constitution of Louisiana:

State General Fund by:

 

 

     Statutory Dedications

 

$227,269

 

 

 

Total

 

$227,269


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