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Bob Milligan vying to replace Jimmy Patronis on PSC

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Former state Comptroller Bob Milligan has applied for the now-empty seat on the Public Service Commission vacated when Jimmy Patronis stepped down to become the state’s new CFO. Milligan’s name is among 18 applicants so far for the seat, which will be vetted by the Public Service Commission Nominating Council and appointed by Gov. Rick Scott. The deadline to apply is Friday; a working list was released Thursday. The five-member commission regulates the state’s investor-owned utilities.

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Tom Goodson, others apply for Public Service Commission

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State Rep. Tom Goodson, a Brevard County Republican, is among 14 applicants so far for vacancies on the state’s Public Service Commission, according to a preliminary list released Monday. The terms of Commissioners Art Graham and Ronald Brisé are up at the end of the year, but both men have reapplied for their positions. They were last reappointed by Gov. Rick Scott in 2013. Applications for those two spots are due by 5 p.m. Tuesday. Applications for a third PSC opening, created when Commissioner Jimmy Patronis stepped…

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Rick Scott names Tom Grady to constitutional review panel

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Former state Rep. Tom Grady will take Jimmy Patronis‘ place on the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC), Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday evening. In picking Grady, a Naples attorney and a friend of Scott’s, the governor passed over the three alternates he previously selected to fill an empty seat on the commission, which will review the state’s governing document for possible changes.

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Jimmy Patronis’ move to CFO creates PSC, CRC openings

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Now that Jimmy Patronis is leaving the Public Service Commission and Constitution Revision Commission to become the state’s next Chief Financial Officer, Gov. Rick Scott has to replace him on those panels. The Florida Public Service Commission Nominating Council is charged with “screening and nominating applicants for appointment by the Governor to fill vacancies on the Florida Public Service Commission,” its website says. (The 12-member council, by the way, has four vacancies, including its vice chair, according to its website.) Patronis’…

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It’s official: Jimmy Patronis appointed as next CFO

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Gov. Rick Scott made it official Monday, formally announcing former state Rep. Jimmy Patronis will serve as the state’s next Chief Financial Officer. The announcement, which occurred at Patronis’ family restaurant in Panama City, puts an end to months of speculation about who would replace outgoing CFO Jeff Atwater, who is leaving June 30 for a job at Florida Atlantic University. Patronis, an early supporter of Scott’s, was long believed to be a top contender for the post. “The biggest…

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Regulators to consider Duke request to make customers pay more

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State utility regulators refused Monday to let Duke Energy Florida add $4.70 to customers’ bills effective on July 1 to cover rising fuel costs. The Florida Public Service Commission, which regulates investor-owned utilities, voted instead to make the utility wait until this fall to propose a fuel-cost adjustment. Any increase would begin to take effect July 1 next year. That could mean a steeper increase next July 1, when a separate $4.25 rate increase, tied to the coming online of a new natural…

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PSC chairwoman says she is ‘fully committed’ to providing residents opportunities to participate in water rate discussions

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The chairwoman of the Public Service Commission said she is “fully committed” to providing Summertree residents the chance to continue to participate in discussions about rate discussions. In a letter to Senate Majority Wilton Simpson and House Speaker Richard Corcoran on Friday, PSC Chairwoman Julie Brown said she appreciated lawmakers raising constituent concerns about whether they would have a chance to speak during upcoming proceedings about rates. The letter comes just one day after the two Pasco County lawmakers sent…

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