The chairman of the Kansas Corporation Commission, Mark Sievers, has announced he will resign. Sievers has chaired the regulatory board since 2011. The organization has recently been involved in some controversies.
The KCC regulates utilities like electricity and gas, as well as motor carries and oil wells. Last month, a Shawnee County judge fined the organization for violating the state's open meetings act.
The Kansas Corporation Commission and an agency representing utility customers have been butting heads over comments made by a KCC commissioner.
The disagreement is over what the commissioner said about how the KCC decides rate increases for utility customers. In a recent filing, KCC Chair Mark Sievers endorsed a process that uses a formula to decide future rate increases.
The more common process is where advocates for utility customers and the utility make arguments before the KCC and then the KCC decides on the amount of the increase.