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PSC to examine communications rules


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) has signaled its intentions to examine its governing rules about how it receives and gathers information to see if changes should be made.

The commission issued a release Wednesday announcing it has opened a working case to determine whether its ex parte and extra-record communications rule should be amended.

The commission noted in its order opening the working case that the commission’s goals are to: (1) comply with Section 386.210.4, RSMo., which mandates that the commission’s rules not impose “any limitation on the free exchange of ideas, views and information between any person and the commission or any commissioner”; (2) simplify compliance with the rule; and (3) promote consistency and fairness.

As part of its review, the commission will be seeking input, in the next 30 days, from utility companies, consumer and business organizations, and other individuals and entities affected by the rule.  The commission may also conduct one or more workshops in the future.

This case (AW-2016-0312) will serve as a repository for documents and comments.  Using this case, any person with an interest in this matter may view documents and may submit comments or documents.   This is not a contested case so anyone may file a comment without legal counsel and without ex parte constraints.  Intervention requests are not necessary to submit comments or view documents.

The public is welcome to submit comments by forwarding electronic communications through the Public Service Commission’s Electronic Filing and Information System (EFIS) or by mailing written comments to the commission.

Electronic comments at the Commission’s website (  Once at the website, click on the EFIS link on the left side of the page.  Scroll down and click on the public comment link.  Please refer to File No. AW-2016-0312.

Written comments in hard copy should be addressed to the Missouri Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102.  Please refer to the same file number.