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Jack Latvala says bill may put PSC over local utilities

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State Sen. Jack Latvala, his chamber’s next budget chief, Friday said he might file legislation for next year to put municipal utilities under the supervision of the state’s Public Service Commission. “I think you’re going to see a bill dealing with the municipalities that are currently not supervised by anybody above them, in terms of their (storm) preparedness, their rates,” he told reporters in Tallahassee. The commission already oversees investor-owned utilities, including rate increase requests. But the head of the…

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Jack Latvala wants answers after Tallahassee’s Hermine experience

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State Sen. Jack Latvala on Tuesday said he is considering calling for legislative action next session to address the City of Tallahassee’s response to Hurricane Hermine. Latvala, a Clearwater Republican, is slated to be the next chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Specifically, he said he questions whether community-based power operations — such as City of Tallahassee Utilities — are positioned as well as they could be to recover after major storms. Hermine, a Category 1 hurricane at landfall, knocked out electric service…

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