Kansas Corporation Commission
The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) is the public utilities commission of the state of Kansas run by three Commissioners appointed by the Governor with the approval of the Senate. The Commission has the responsibility of ensuring that natural gas, electricity, telephone and transportation vendors provide safe, adequate and reliable services at reasonable rates.
The authority of the KCC is derived from KSA 74-601 to 74-631. The current Corporation Commissioners are Mark Sievers (who is the current chairman), Thomas Wright and a vacancy.
The Kansas Commission was one of the first state regulatory bodies in the nation, established as the Railroad Commission in 1883 by the Kansas Legislature. The Railroad Commission had power and authority to regulate steam-operated railroads, express companies, sleeping car companies, and inter-company electric lines. The members were elected by a popular vote.
In 1911, the Kansas Legislature created a three member Public Utilities Commission to regulate telegraph and telephone companies, pipeline companies, common carriers, water, electric, gas and all power companies with the exception of those owned by municipalities. Members of this commission were appointed by the Governor.
The present regulatory body, The State Corporation Commission of the State of Kansas was established by the Legislature in 1933. Its jurisdiction was extended to include the regulation of motor carriers, gas conservation and supervision of plugging abandoned wells to protect fresh and usable water from pollution.
- "About the KCC". Retrieved 11 August 2012.