The first of three bills designed to overhaul the state's energy and gas regulator cleared a major hurdle Monday with the state Assembly unanimously giving the go-ahead to a measure from Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) to tighten up rules governing communications between the California Public Utilities Commission and the industries it oversees.
The two other measures, one from Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) and the other from Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), would move many transportation regulations, including those governing Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing companies, to a different state agency and boost transparency of PUC decisions.
Leno's bill needs approval in the Senate before it reaches Gov. Jerry Brown's desk, and the other two need approval in both houses. In June, Brown agreed to support the three bills.