RESPOND – Presley flips out when nobody would second his motion

Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley ran on a campaign in 2007 to enact “Presley’s Plan” which included a ratepayers bill of rights that would “punish scam artists” and “make utility bills easy to read” and require live people to answer the phones when you call with a question. Here is his campaign commercial.

Last week, the other members of the Public Service Commission decided to study a ratepayers bill of rights, but it wasn’t Presley’s prepared one. The Jackson Free Press said, “Presley lashed out at fellow commissioners Lynn Posey and Leonard Bentz” and grew furious when he discovered that his fellow commissioners refused to give his bill an up or down vote.”

There are three members on the commission. Two of them had a different idea in mind. So when Presley made his motion, there was no one there to second it. No motion is in order without a second. But Presley flipped out. As the Jackson Free Press reports Presley whines:

There are three members on the commission. Two of them had a different idea in mind. So when Presley made his motion, there was no one there to second it. No motion is in order without a second. But Presley flipped out. As the Jackson Free Press reports Presley whines:

“So if a commissioner makes a motion to vote and somebody doesn’t want to do it then we don’t have to vote on it, because you don’t want to take a vote on it? Is that really how this works?” he demanded. “We’ve spent all this time putting this proposal together and nobody wants to take a vote on it? If you’re against it, just vote on it. What are you afraid of?…If you want to vote against this ratepayer’s bill of rights, if you want to vote against people who can have their power cut off in the winter time or the summer time, then let’s do it, but this is not fair. I circulated this proposition four months ago and nobody’s said a word against it until today, and now today we’ve take this little shift and say we’re going to ask the companies to tell us what they think we ought to do to protect ratepayers? I don’t understand it.”

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8/11/9