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Lawmaker Seeks To Dissolve California Utilities Regulator

(AP) - A Southern California Democrat is attempting to bypass the governor and ask voters to break apart the state's utilities regulator following allegations of wrongdoing.

Assemblyman Mike Gatto says the California Public Utilities Commission would cease to exist in 2018 if voters approve his plan.

The Glendale Democrat's proposal is the latest response to allegations that the commission is too cozy with the companies it regulates. It's also been accused of being too slow to act on a massive gas leak at Porter Ranch.

Gov. Jerry Brown last year vetoed six bills that sought to reform the state agency.

Gatto's proposal would need two-thirds approval in the state Legislature, but not Brown's signature, to appear on the 2016 ballot.

The PUC said it could not immediately comment on the proposal.

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