Lawsuit filed after recording banned at utility rate hearing

Dec 16, 2019

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A lawsuit accuses the Alabama Public Service Commission of violating the Open Meetings Act by preventing audience members from recording a recent hearing. 

The lawsuit was filed Thursday by Laura Casey, a Democratic candidate for PSC president. Casey was one of three people ejected from a hearing last month for recording or live-streaming the proceeding.  

Administrative Law Judge John Garner told audience members during the hearing that they couldn't record because it was a legal proceeding.  

The hearing centered on a challenge to fees charged by Alabama Power on customers who use solar panels, or other means, to generate part of their own electricity.