FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2001
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ANNAPOLIS, MD (June 20, 2001) - Governor Parris N. Glendening today announced the appointment of Delegate Ronald A. Guns to the Public Service Commission (PSC). Delegate Guns will serve a full 5-year term beginning July 1 and takes the seat formerly held by Commissioner Suzanne Brogan. This is a recess appointment, which will be subject to Senate confirmation in the 2002 Session.
"Ron Guns brings an incredible wealth of experience to the Commission and will provide outstanding leadership as Maryland works to ensure consumers have more choices for reliable, affordable public utilities and continued quality choices in the area of Telecommunications," said Governor Glendening. "As Chairman of the House Environmental Matters Committee, Ron has been instrumental in working with us to protect and preserve the State's natural resources, improve its water arid air quality, strengthen its fisheries and promote sound economic and environmental policies. The people of Maryland will continue to benefit from his distinguished public service as he becomes a member of the Commission."
The Public Service Commission was established in 1910 to regulate public service companies within Maryland. The Commission has jurisdiction over all gas, electric, Telecommunications, water, sewage disposal and steam heating companies operating within the State. The Commission has the power to fix rates and suspend rate schedules if they determine the proposed rates are unreasonable. In addition, within Maryland, the Commission regulates public transportation carriers, such as buses and commuter trains, except for those who fall under the jurisdiction of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Commission (METRO). The Commission also regulates taxicabs in Baltimore City, Baltimore County and the cities of Hagerstown and Cumberland. In creating the PSC, the General Assembly provided that the "powers of the Commission shall be liberally construed" so it can effectively deal with the dynamic nature of public service companies.
"My family and I are delighted with this appointment and we thank the Governor for this opportunity," said Delegate Guns. "It has been a privilege to serve my legislative district for 19 years and an honor to serve the people of Maryland as Chairman of the Environmental Matters Committee. I take great pride in the work I did with my fellow committee members and staff as we took on complicated issues, such as deregulation. I thank Speaker Taylor for including me in his leadership team and I look forward to working with Chairperson Cathy Riley and continuing my service to the State as a member of the Public Service Commission."
A lifelong resident of Maryland, Delegate Guns has served as a member of the House of Delegates since 1983. He represents District 36, which comprises all or portions of Cecil., Kent, Queen Anne, Caroline and Talbot counties. Throughout his legislative career, he has been a member of the House Environmental Matters Committee and has served as Chairman since 1991. Delegate Guns has been in the forefront of many issues including health, water and air quality, fisheries, public health and the environment. Delegate Guns will be resigning his seat in the house of Delegates to join the Commission.
"Governor Glendening has made an outstanding choice in naming Ron Guns to the Public Service Commission," said House Speaker Casper R. Taylor, Jr. "Ron is a. brilliant guy who isn't afraid to take on difficult subject matter. As Chairman of the Environmental Matters Committee, he demonstrated great knowledge and tenacity while taking on many tough issues, including protecting our environment and public health and this experience will serve him well as he takes on his new role. "I hate to lose him as a chairman, but I know he is capable of making a real difference for the people of Maryland on the Commission."
Delegate Guns was born and raised in Cecil County and attended Cecil Community College and the University of Maryland. He served his Country in the U.S. Army and did a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1969-70. After leaving the Army, Delegate Guns went to work for the Bell Telephone Company and is still employed by the company's successor, Verizon. Delegate Guns and his wife, Linda, are the parents of five children.
"In picking Ron Guns to be a member Public Service Commission, the Governor chose well," said Public Service Commission Chairperson Cathy Riley. "Not only is Ron a great guy, he is a hard working and conscientious public official."