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Attorney General 'looking into' PSC



Attorney General Bill McCollum said Tuesday that his office is "looking into" the Public Service Commission, but beyond that, he wouldn't comment. Following a complaint, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting an inquiry (story here).

While we don't know the nature of the probe, the commission has been under scrutiny amid allegations that staffers (if not commissioners) have had a too-cozy relationship with the utilities they regulate. One aide has been fired in a Sunshine-Law flap (here), another is on paid leave (story here), and the commission's top lobbyist was rapped for showing "poor judgment" by attending an FPL party (story here).

***Update: McCollum spokeswoman Sandi Copes said this is not an investigation, because the office doesn't have that authority. She said McCollum's comment referred to his office's opposition to a pending rate-hike request.

--Marc Caputo

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:16pm]


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