VOL. 129 | NO. 205 | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Commission Won't Rehear Domestic Violence Deposit Waiver
JEFF AMY | Associated Press
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Public Service Commission won't reconsider its order to let victims of domestic violence delay paying utility deposits for 60 days.
The commission voted 3-0 Monday to deny a request from rural water associations and electrical cooperatives to rehear the issue.
Both electric cooperatives served by the Tennessee Valley Authority and water associations claim the utility regulator is overstepping its boundaries. State law says the commission can't regulate rates of electrical cooperatives and water associations. Both groups say a deposit delay equals rate regulation.
Commissioners say deposits aren't the same as rates and they are within their legal authority.
It's the latest in a series of clashes over the limits of commission authority.
Jim Herring, a lawyer for water associations, says his clients are likely to sue.
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