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(a) No person, while a member of the Public Utilities Commission, while acting as executive
secretary of the commission, or while employed in a professional capacity by the commission,
shall receive any income, other than dividends or other earnings from a mutual fund or trust if
these earnings do not constitute a significant portion of the person's income, directly or indirectly
from any public utility or other organization subject to regulation by the commission.
(b) No person is eligible to be appointed as a member of the commission if the person
has been employed with an entity, or an affiliated company of an entity, that is subject to
rate regulation by the commission within one year from the date when the person's term on
the commission will begin.
(c) No person who is an employee of the Department of Commerce shall participate in
any manner in any decision or action of the commission where that person has a direct or
indirect financial interest. Each commissioner or employee of the department who is in the
general professional, supervisory, or technical units established in section 179A.10 or who is a
professional, supervisory, or technical employee defined as confidential in section 179A.03,
subdivision 4
, or who is a management classification employee and whose duties are related to
public utility, telephone company, or telecommunications company regulation shall report to the
Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board annually before April 15 any interest in an
industry or business regulated by the commission. Each commissioner shall file a statement
of economic interest as required by section 10A.09 with the Campaign Finance and Public
Disclosure Board and the Public Utilities Commission before taking office. The statement of
economic interest must state any interest that the commissioner has in an industry or business
regulated by the commission.
(d) A professional employee of the commission or department must immediately disclose
to the commission or to the commissioner of the department, respectively, any communication,
direct or indirect, with a person who is a party to a pending proceeding before the commission
regarding future benefits, compensation, or employment to be received from that person.
History: 1974 c 429 s 66; 1979 c 206 s 1; 1980 c 614 s 123; 1981 c 210 s 51; 1984 c 462 s
27; 1986 c 409 s 3; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 186 s 15; 1997 c 202 art 2 s 63; 1Sp2001 c 4 art 6 s 28

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