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Brown, lawmakers announce plan to reform utility regulator

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday he has reached a deal with lawmakers on proposed legislation to improve transparency and make other reforms at the embattled California Public Utilities Commission.

The proposal comes nearly eight months after the Democratic governor vetoed six bills looking to crack down on the commission, which regulates privately owned electric, gas and telecommunications companies, including their rates and safety practices. The agency also oversees railroad safety as well as transportation providers such as buses, limousines, airport shuttles, movers and ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft.

It has been accused of maintaining cozy relationships with the...

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