Water Systems Fight Over Waiving Deposits For Domestic Violence Victims
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Rural water systems say the Mississippi Public Service Commission overstepped its authority when it required a 60-day delay in utility deposits for domestic violence victims.
Jim Herring, a lawyer for the water systems, argued Monday to the state Supreme Court that the commission illegally tried to regulate rates when it made the rule in 2014. Herring also says it is illegal under a 2013 law barring the commission from regulating internal affairs of any water association, electric cooperative or municipal utility.
The Public Service Commission argues its actions are allowed. It is asking the court to ratify an earlier decision by a Hinds County chancery judge that found the rule legal.
The suit is the latest clash over the commission’s ability to regulate water associations and electric cooperatives.