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Nixon signs utility regulation measure

Nixon signs utility regulation measure

July 3rd, 2013 in News

In this March 11, 2013, file photo Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon speaks in St. Joseph, Mo. (AP Photo/St. Joseph News-Press, Jessica Stewart, File)

Photo by The Associated Press /News Tribune.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Public Service Commission once again will be allowed to get involved in federal utility cases under newly approved legislation.

Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation Wednesday restoring the ability of state utility regulators to intervene in cases before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The Missouri Supreme Court ruled last year that state regulators lacked such authority.

The court ruling came in the case of an interstate natural gas pipeline operator. The company wanted to prevent Missouri regulators from intervening when it sought federal permission to build and operate new facilities and change prices.

Public Service Commission bill is HB432



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