Bill to bust up California Public Utilities Commission dies

California state house

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The cornerstone of an agreement to reform California's battered utilities regulator has died in the final minutes of the legislative session.

The bill would have taken oversight of most state-licensed carriers including airport shuttles, moving companies, recreational trip services, flight schools and the ride-sharing industry away from the California Public Utilities Commission.

Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gatto of Los Angeles says his bill lost to the clock "and maybe some stubbornness" by Republicans in the Senate.

The push to reorganize and add transparency to the commission followed allegations it was too cozy with the companies it regulates.

AB2903 was one of four bills Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown negotiated with lawmakers intent on reform.

Lawmakers advanced the other three. They would require increased disclosure of utility documents, closed-door meetings and performance reports.

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