GLAA endorses Rick Morgan for Public Service Commission
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GLAA endorses Rick Morgan for Public Service Commission


GAY AND LESBIAN ACTIVISTS ALLIANCE OF WASHINGTON, D.C.
Fighting for Equal Rights Since 1971
P. O. Box 75265
Washington, D.C.  20013
(202) 667-5139  

July 2, 2007  


The Honorable Mary Cheh
Chairperson
Committee on Public Services & Consumer Affairs
Council of the District of Columbia
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.  20004

Dear Ms. Cheh:

  We are pleased to write in support of Richard E. (Rick) Morgan’s reappointment to a second term on the D.C. Public Service Commission, as expressed in PR 17-310.  We regret we are unable to appear in person to testify on his behalf at your committee’s July 3 confirmation hearing.

Commissioner Morgan contacted us early this year after we wrote the PSC in December asking them to reject the rate increases proposed by PEPCO and Washington Gas Light until and unless those firms firm adopted equitable domestic partners benefits programs for their gay and lesbian employees.

Commissioner Morgan asked if he could come to one of our meetings to explain how the Commission handles such rate increase requests from various utilities and how community groups like ours can participate in the process.  His appearance at our January  23 meeting was quite productive and very much appreciated. We were impressed by his knowledge, dedication and commitment to fair play. The procedural insights we gathered from him were put to good use and contributed to the prompt and generally favorable resolution of our concerns with both utilities.

Commissioner Morgan has apparently been speaking along similar lines to a wide variety of community groups throughout his first term on the PSC.  We believe that kind of initiative deserves to be commended and rewarded.  Accordingly, we urge the Council to confirm his reappointment.

Sincerely,

Barrett L. Brick
President

Cc: The Honorable Jim Graham
       The Honorable Marion Barry
       The Honorable Kwame R. Brown
       The Honorable Tommy Wells
       Commissioner Richard E. Morgan


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