September 21, 2022

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Montana lawmakers go over coverage violations by utility regulators

HELENA — The two latest members of the Montana Public Company Fee informed a legislative committee Monday they’ve expended their very first 5 months on the task functioning to strengthen the procedure, general performance and lifestyle of the business that regulates monopoly utilities.

Fee Chair James Brown instructed the Legislative Audit Committee he has approved the resignation of PSC administrator Mandi Hinman. Brown explained Hinman directed another staff member to backdate a doc to reveal an expenditure that was billed to a condition procurement card as the agency was becoming audited. The staffer declined to indicator the document and instead told lawful employees.

The audit getting talked over Monday uncovered some commissioners were traveling with out documenting the state-relevant company objective for the excursion, at minimum a person upgraded from mentor to convenience course on a flight to Washington, D.C., and travel expenditures had been incurred devoid of getting a different commissioner indication off on the trip, as is essential less than PSC plan. The audit covered two fiscal several years ending in June 2020.