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    Legislature 2001

    By DIANE RADO

    © St. Petersburg Times, published March 15, 2001


    Today is the 10th day of the 60-day session.

    PSC appointee's views questioned

    Florida Public Service Commissioner Michael A. Palecki has run into trouble in confirmation hearings in the Senate.

    The Regulated Industries Committee postponed voting on Palecki's appointment Wednesday, at the request of Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon. Lee questioned whether Palecki, who represented a natural gas utility before his appointment to the PSC, would be able to represent consumer interests.

    Lee also suggested that views Palecki expressed to him privately differed from his views on utility regulation expressed to the Senate committee Wednesday. Senators need more time to determine Palecki's "true views," Lee said.

    Gov. Jeb Bush appointed Palecki to the PSC last November, to serve a term ending in January 2003. Palecki worked for the PSC between 1990 and 1995. He then became vice president of regulatory affairs for NUI Corp., a multistate gas distribution, sales and services company.

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