By Associated Press - Wednesday, June 18, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida legislator and a current utility regulator are among 33 people seeking an appointment to the Public Service Commission.

The five-member commission regulates investor-owned electric, natural gas and water utilities. The terms of two current PSC members expire in January.

State Rep. Jimmy Patronis, R-Panama City, applied, as did current PSC member Julie Brown. Patronis is leaving the Legislature this year due to term limits.

The other candidates who applied include former Rep. Dave Murzin and PSC general counsel Curt Kiser.

Commissioner Eduardo Balbis did not apply for a new term.

A 12-member nominating council will screen applicants and then forward a list of finalists to Gov. Rick Scott. The Florida Senate must confirm the appointments.

Those who are appointed to the PSC are paid $131,036 a year.

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