Public Service Commission

Name Public Service Commission
Contact Person Colby Cook - Press Secretary
Mailing Address Post Office Box 91154
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-9154
Phone Number 225-342-4999
Fax Number 225-342-2831
Board Email
Legal Authority Article IV § 21 of the La. Constitution of 1974
Year Created 1898
Organizational Placement Department of Public Service
Purpose/Function The Commission is an independent, Constitutionally-creasted regulatory agency mandated to regulate public utilities and common carriers. Public utilities regulated include electric providers, telecommunications carriers, water and wastewater (sewer) providers and natural gas local distribution companies. Jurisdiction over “common carriers” includes the regulation of intrastate transportation services including passenger carrier services, waste haulers, household goods carriers, non-consensual towing, and intrastate pipelines. The Public Service Commission also administers the Do Not Call Program.
Number of Entity Members: Number Authorized: 5
Number Currently Serving: 5
Number of Entity Meetings: Actual number in prior year: 12
Estimated number in current year: 11
The Entity is:
Active   Inactive   Not fully organized   Disbanded   Never fully organized
Do members receive per diem, salaries, and/or travel expense reimbursements?
Yes   No
Excluding member per diem, salaries, and travel expense reimbursements, does the entity receive or expend funds?
Yes   No
Entity Member Per Diem:
  Amount Authorized: $0      per meeting   per meeting day   per day spent on board business   None

Total entity member per diem:
  Prior year actual: $0.00
  Current year budgeted: $0.00
Entity Member Salaries:
  Prior year actual: $356,374.00
  Current year budgeted: $344,994.00
Entity Member Travel Expense Reimbursement:
  Prior year actual: $15,750.00
  Current year budgeted: $50,000.00
Number and Type of Authorized Employee Positions:
Classified: 0
Unclassified: 0
Part-time: 0
Entity Fiscal Year End:
4/30         7/31         10/31         Other (identify date)
6/30         9/30         12/31         None
Participation in State Employee Benefit Programs:
       participate in state retirement system(s) and/or state group insurance program(s)
       do not participate in state benefit programs

       participate in state retirement system(s) and/or state group insurance program(s)
       do not participate in state benefit programs
A state agency provides: (Check all that apply and identify the state agency)
Per Diem Payments          State Agency:
Travel Reimbursements    State Agency:
Other (explain)    State Agency:
Is this entity a budget unit or included within a budget unit of the State of Louisiana as defined by LSA-R.S. 39:2?
   Yes    No
  If yes, identify the budget unit and the budget schedule number below:
  Budget Unit Name: Public Service Commission
  Budget Schedule Number: 04-158
Notes Commissioner salary is set by Louisiana Revised Statute 45:1162 at $45,000 annually. In addition, they receive a vehicle allowance of $8,400 annually, for a total annual salary $53,400. Three Commissioners also receive a cell phone allowance of $900 for a total salary of $54.300. The PSC has 5 Commissioners.
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