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Defeat of Utility Deregulation

Fearing the potential for dramatic increases in consumer utility prices (which happened in other states), Delegate Fleischauer played an important role in the successful effort to derail proposed electric utility deregulation in 1998 (HB 4277). Although legislation giving the Public Service Commission jurisdiction to establish a deregulation plan was passed, it gave the Legislature veto power over any such plan. The Public Service Commission has never submitted a deregulation plan to the Legislature for approval, presumably because of the fallout from the Enron scandal, which occurred shortly after passage of the revised bill.

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