Thursday, February 3, 2011
Scott withdraws appointments to PSC, other enviro panels
Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday withdrew 154 appointments to boards across the state including four of the five Florida Public Service Commission members.
Scott withdrew the appointments in a memo to Sen. President Mike Haridopolos. The appointments were awaiting Senate confirmation.
Gov. Charlie Crist withdrew 283 appointments in 2007 when he took over after former Gov. Jeb Bush, according to the Associated Press.
Scott withdrew the PSC nominations of Chairman Art Graham, Ronald Brise, Eduardo Balbis, and Julie I. Brown.
Graham and Brise were appointed by Crist in July to fill seats left vacant when the Senate refused to confirm Ben A. "Steve" Stevens III and David E. Klement. Balbis and Brown were appointed in September after the PSC Nominating Council passed over Chairman Nancy Argenziano and Nathan A. Skop for reappointment.
Graham had pledged to improve collegiality on the commission after some members of the nominating council raised concerns about infighting among commission members. Skop and Argenziano had complained that the agency, like the Legislature, was dominated by utilities.
In addition to withdrawing the PSC members, Scott withdrew the appointments of Rhoda Glasco-Foderingham and Cari Roth to the Environmental Regulation Commission, Steven C. Bassett and Kathy Baughman McLeod to the Florida Energy and Climate Commission.
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