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Nixon signs Mo. utility regulation measure

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri Public Service Commission once again will be allowed to get involved in federal utility cases under newly approved legislation.

Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation Wednesday restoring the ability of state utility regulators to intervene in cases before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The Missouri Supreme Court ruled last year that state regulators lacked such authority.

The court ruling came in the case of an interstate natural gas pipeline operator. The company wanted to prevent Missouri regulators from intervening when it sought federal permission to build and operate new facilities and change prices.