Bill To Reign In FL PSC Goes To Governor

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ A law revising rules for the panel that sets Florida electricity rates will go to Gov. Rick Scott, even though its sponsor says it was weakened by political influence from utility companies.

The state Senate passed the bill Wednesday including changes made by the state House before the House’s sudden adjournment Tuesday.

Senate sponsor Jack Latvala singled out Florida Power & Light as the source of the political influence. The St. Petersburg Republican said that caused the House to weaken the bill, making it less helpful to electricity customers.

Because the House has adjourned, further negotiations on the bill between the House and Senate aren’t possible.

The bill sets rules for the Florida Public Service Commission. Florida Power & Light did not immediately respond to a request for comment.