Iowa Senate OKs regulator despite questions on outside work
The Iowa Senate has confirmed a powerful utilities regulator despite questions about her extensive outside work as a lawyer while on the state payroll.
The chamber voted 44-4 Monday to approve Geri Huser for a second term as chairwoman of the Iowa Utilities Board, which regulates electric and gas utilities. Senators did not debate her confirmation on the floor.
The Associated Press reported last month that Huser handled scores of cases as an attorney during her two-year tenure as IUB chairwoman. State law requires board members to devote their “whole time” to their duties.
AP’s report prompted a Senate committee to initially delay Huser’s confirmation. Republican Gov. Terry Branstad later said Huser did nothing wrong while earning her $128,900 state salary. He added that Huser’s outside work was properly disclosed.