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PUC President Michael Picker calls emails with utilities 'troubling'
PUC President Michael Picker calls emails with utilities 'troubling'

Emails portraying overly chummy and questionable contacts between California utilities and state regulators are "troubling," the new president of the Public Utilities Commission told lawmakers Tuesday. His comments came as lawmakers discussed reports of extensive communications that critics say violated judicial-type rules aimed at preventing one-sided communications. These rules are intended to allow all parties in a dispute to hear and participate in all aspects of a dispute. Decisions should be "based on the record developed in public," PUC President Michael Picker testified at a hearing of the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee, and not in...

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