In response to Governor John Kasich’s recent appointment of Andre Porter to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) (see our February 23, 2015 blog post for more on this), Representative David Leland (D-Columbus) has introduced a bill that would require that panel to include at least one member from each party, Gongwer reports. Porter will replace the last remaining Democrat, Steven Lesser, on the five-member commission that regulates utilities in Ohio, marking the “first time in many years that no Democrat has sat on the commission.” Ohio law prohibits more than three members of either party from sitting on the board at any time. Similar concerns were raised when Gov. Kasich appointed Beth Trombold to the PUCO (for more on this, see our February 19, 2013 blog post). Rep. Leland said in a statement, “The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is one of the state’s most important agencies, affecting the lives and pocketbooks of millions of Ohioans. We need to make sure that it has the checks and balances that only bipartisanship can provide.”