Foster Campbell

Louisiana Public Service Commissioner

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  • Louisiana Black Bear #1 (3/3/2016) - I’m pleased that the Louisiana Black Bear is being removed from the Endangered Species List. My legislation in 1995 created the Save the Louisiana Black Bear license plate. Thanks to every LA motorist who bought a bear plate and contributed to the preservation of this great animal. http://www.thenewsstar.com/story/news/2016/03/02/teddy-bear-finally-free-endangered-list/81214260/    
  • Campbell Supports FCC Move to Set Inmate Telephone Rates Nationwide (10/22/2015) - BOSSIER CITY – Today’s key decision by the Federal Communications Commission to set rates for all telephone calls from jails and prisons across America is the right move for Louisiana, according to Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell. “This is one instance where a federal takeover of local affairs makes sense,” Campbell said.  “Only a handful […]
  • CAMPBELL ENDORSES EDWARDS FOR GOVERNOR (9/1/2015) -   SHREVEPORT – Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell today announced his support of Rep. John Bel Edwards for Governor. Campbell, who represents the 24-parish North Louisiana seat on the PSC, said Edwards “has the courage and independence to break the grip of special interests” on state government. “I have served in public office with all […]
  • Campbell Praises CenturyLink for Joining Broadband Expansion Program (8/31/2015) - MONROE, La. –CenturyLink’s decision to partner with the Federal Communications Commission on broadband development across Louisiana and the United States is “the best news I’ve heard in months,” said Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell. The Monroe-based company announced today that it has accepted $505 million in annual, ongoing support from the FCC’s “Connect America Fund” […]
  • Include Monroe in Broadband Expansion Program (7/17/2015) - MONROE – Expanding opportunity for low-income Americans through access to highspeed Internet service is a great idea for America, and nowhere is it more needed than in Monroe and the Louisiana Delta. “I agree with President Obama that Internet access is a necessity in today’s world, not a luxury,” said Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, […]
  • Campbell Calls for Refund of Millions in Illegal Jail Telephone Fees (7/13/2015) - Foster Campbell LOUISIANA PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER 13 July 2015 Contact Bill Robertson, 318 676 7464 or 318 208 2288   BOSSIER CITY – Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell is asking that millions of dollars in telephone charges illegally collected from families of Louisiana’s 40,000 jail inmates be refunded. “The Public Service Commission regularly orders refunds […]
  • Cutting the Umbilical Cord (5/28/2015) - FOSTER CAMPBELL L O U I S I A N A  P U B L I C  S E R V I C E  C O M M I S S I O N E R 27 May 2015 Letters to the Editor The Baton Rouge Advocate   Louisiana will suffer chronic financial problems until […]
  • “Teddy Bear”- Louisiana Black Bear (5/21/2015) - Foster pictured with Ted Roosevelt IV, grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt, at the reception in Baton Rouge for the de-listing of the Louisiana Black Bear from the Endangered Species list. Foster authored the legislation in 1995 to establish the “Save the Louisiana Black Bear” prestige license plate.
  • SWEPCO Delivers on Valley Buyout (5/14/2015) - NATCHITOCHES, La. – Families and businesses on the former Valley Electric Cooperative have saved $64 million on their power bills since SWEPCO bought the co-op in 2010. “That’s at least a 20-percent savings over Valley’s rates since October of 2010,” said Foster Campbell, Public Service Commissioner and proponent of the SWEPCO buyout. Campbell spoke at […]
  • SWEPCO Offers Automated Outage Alerts (3/4/2015) - SHREVEPORT, La. – Customers of SWEPCO now can be notified by text message or email of power outages and the estimated time their service will be restored. “Outage alerts” by text or email were offered by SWEPCO beginning this week in response to a request by Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell. “With this new service […]
  • CLECO helps Project Celebration of NW Louisiana (12/18/2014) -   Barbara Moran of Shreveport, center, of Project Celebration, receives a $5,000 donation for the organization from Ron Smith Sr., right, of Central Louisiana Electric Co.  Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, at left, encouraged CLECO to financially support Project Celebration and its work on behalf of victims of domestic abuse in Northwest Louisiana.  The organization […]
  • TV Spots: Foster Campbell Re-elect Campaign 2014 (10/21/2014) - TV Spot 1 TV Spot 2 These are the TV spots for the Foster Campbell Re-elect Campaign of 2014. They are airing in Shreveport and Monroe TV markets in time for early voting October 21-28. Please share them with your family and friends and encourage them to vote for #55, Foster Campbell, for Public Service […]
  • Family Tradition – Hunting Season Starts With Youth (9/16/2014) - Autumn brings with it not only cooler weather and football but the arrival of hunting season. As a lifelong hunter and the father and son of hunters I gladly welcome the season. It brings to mind one of my projects as a state senator of which I am most proud: Youth Hunting Days.   As […]
  • Campbell to Seek Re-election to PSC (8/20/2014) - SHREVEPORT, La., 20 August 2014 – Today Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell submitted qualifying documents to the Secretary of State declaring his intent to seek a third term on the PSC representing District 5 in North Louisiana. “I have fulfilled my promise to be an active and independent commissioner who fights for the interests of […]
  • Campbell Calls for Notification System When Power Goes Out (7/25/2014) - SHREVEPORT, La. — Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell will ask all electric utilities in Louisiana to send automated telephone and text messages to customers when outages occur. “The system I have in mind would let customers know when their power is out and when it will be back on,” Campbell said. “Storms and power outages […]
  • Commissioner Foster Campbell Plans Public Utility Meetings (4/14/2014) - Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell will hold public meetings in Desoto and Red River parishes Tuesday, April 22, to answer questions from local residents about their utilities. “I invite citizens to attend and discuss any concerns they may have about their electricity, natural gas and other utility services,” Campbell said. Campbell will hold his […]
  • Commissioner Foster Campbell Plans Public Utility Meetings (3/24/2014) - Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell will hold public meetings in Franklin, Caldwell, Claiborne and Webster parishes March 25 and 27 to answer questions from local residents about their utilities. “I invite citizens to attend and discuss any concerns they may have about their electricity, natural gas and other utility services,” Campbell said Campbell will […]
  • ‘Leaving Louisiana’: The Oil Industry’s Empty Threat (3/4/2014) - For 20 years I have promoted a tax on oil and gas imported into Louisiana for processing. I have fought the major oil companies over this issue like David battling Goliath, but I take comfort in knowing it’s the right thing for our state. A Processing Tax would replace the outdated 1921 Severance Tax, which […]
  • UTILITY PROFITS REDUCED: Return on equity is key part in formula (1/14/2014) - Louisiana’s largest electric company dodged a regulatory bullet last month, just getting nicked instead. Entergy Louisiana and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana have a combined one million electric customers in Louisiana, including many of the people I represent on the Public Service Commission in north-central and north-east Louisiana. The two companies are operating units of parent […]
  • The June Business and Executive Session (6/13/2013) - The June Business and Executive Session  has been postponed until Wednesday, the 26th 2013 . The Agenda will be published on the 14th and the Supplemental Agenda on the 21st.
  • Crime and punishment (6/13/2013) - Why does it cost so much for prisoners to keep in touch with their families |From the print edition MOST of the roughly 2.2m incarcerated Americans will eventually be freed. Those who remain in contact with loved ones on the outside are less likely, studies show, to return to a life of crime after serving […]
  • Std horiz ad w mug Commissioner Foster Campbell Plans Public Utility Meetings (6/12/2013) -   Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell will hold public meetings in Caddo and Bossier parishes June 19 to answer questions from local residents about their utilities. “I invite citizens to attend and discuss any concerns they may have about their electricity, natural gas and other utility services,” Campbell said. Campbell will hold his town […]
  • Std horiz ad w mug Commissioner Foster Campbell Plans Public Utility Meetings (6/12/2013) - Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell will hold public meetings in Caddo and Bossier parishes June 19 to answer questions from local residents about their utilities. “I invite citizens to attend and discuss any concerns they may have about their electricity, natural gas and other utility services,” Campbell said. Campbell will hold his town meetings […]
  • LA PSC meeting (11/8/2012) - Wednesday December, 12 9AM For More Details, visit the LPSC website at www.lpsc.org
  • LA PSC Meeting (11/8/2012) - Thursday November, 15 9AM BUSINESS & EXECUTIVE SESSION Galvez Building : Natchez Room : ROOM C-109 For More Details, visit the LPSC website at www.lpsc.org
  • photos_portrait RIGHTING A WRONG: Louisiana Confronts the High Cost Of Prison Telephone Calls (11/2/2012) - Reducing the excessive cost of telephone calls between inmates and their families will reduce crime, lower Louisiana’s incarceration burden, and right a moral wrong. On November 15th in Baton Rouge I will ask the Public Service Commission to cut by 25 percent the rate that monopoly telephone providers charge to families to speak to their […]
  • Prison Phone PRISON TELEPHONES: Outrageous Rates Charged to Families of Inmates (10/3/2012) - The Louisiana Public Service Commission is investigating exorbitant telephone rates charged to families of inmates in Louisiana jails and prisons. What we have found suggests that rates for calls from inmates to their families and fees added to bills are extreme compared to rates for calls on the outside. These high charges raise legal and […]
  • BOBBY JINDAL: Seeing Louisiana in his Rear-view Mirror (7/6/2012) - It has become obvious to me that Bobby Jindal sees Louisiana in his rear-view mirror. That’s a real shame. Our state has problems in every direction – crumbling roads and bridges, colleges facing cuts and raising tuition, coastal erosion, threatened LSU teaching hospitals and the worst poverty in the United States. Add to the list […]
  • THE HEAT IS ON: PSC Keeps Things Cool When Weather Gets Extreme (6/6/2012) - Who can forget the summer of 2011? The National Weather Service office in Shreveport says 2011 was one of the warmest years on record for many locations across Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Our region suffered below-normal rainfall during the 2011 spring, followed by record heat and exceptional drought conditions throughout much of the summer […]
  • BAD TRADE: PSC Cancels the Phone Book And Gets Nothing in Return (5/6/2012) - It’s sad but true: In politics today compromise has become a dirty word. Yet few issues are so clear that there is no room for compromise. At the Public Service Commission, even the tiniest adjustment in electric, gas or telephone rates can mean millions of dollars to the monopoly utility companies and their captive customers. […]
  • RISING SUN: PSC Study Tracks Growth of Solar Power in Louisiana (4/6/2012) - Preliminary statistics compiled by the Louisiana Public Service Commission on utility customers generating their own electricity provide a glimpse into the steady growth of solar power in our state. The commission staff’s draft numbers on “net-metering” installations show a total of 1,350 Louisiana homes, businesses and institutions with solar, wind or other forms of “distributed” […]
  • RAILROADED: Public Safety Should Trump Special Interest (3/6/2012) - Throughout my political service, in the Louisiana Senate and now on the state Public Service Commission, I have worked hard to remain independent of the special interests that enjoy so much influence in government. It has not been easy. Business interests hold great sway over government officials, in Baton Rouge, Washington, D.C., and in state […]
  • UTILITY PROFITS: How Much is Too Much? (2/6/2012) - How much is too much? My main responsibility as a member of the Louisiana Public Service Commission is to ensure that the people and businesses of Louisiana have safe, reliable utility service at the lowest possible cost. Giving that assurance requires me to balance the revenue needs of utility companies with the impact of utility […]
  • GOOD WATER: We Can’t Take it for Granted Any Longer (1/6/2012) - There is an old blues song that goes, “You don’t miss your water ‘til the well runs dry.” Soul singer and Shreveport native Rueben Bell recorded a version, as did Otis Redding and others. The songwriter was relating a love lost to how we often take water for granted despite its importance to life. We […]
  • New SWEPCO Wind Power Will Lower Bills (12/6/2011) - Customers of Shreveport-based Southwestern Electric Power Co. will be the first in Louisiana to buy their electricity from a renewable power source as part of a statewide experiment sponsored by the Louisiana Public Service Commission. And contrary to historical trends in green power, this electricity will save consumers money rather than be more expensive than […]
  • PSC: Celebrating the legacy of Huey Long in public service (12/1/2011) - On December 14 the Louisiana Public Service Commission will meet for the first time in its 100-year history in the town of Winnfield. This is an important event for the PSC, which sets utility rates for Louisiana consumers. It’s also important for Winnfield, the parish seat of Winn Parish and home to nearly 6,000 people. […]
  • Campbell Says Jindal’s ‘Nut-ism’ Cost State $80-million Broadband Network (11/6/2011) - It is beyond belief that Governor Bobby Jindal would refuse to do everything possible to reverse his administration’s loss of an $80-million federal grant for high-speed Internet service to 21 rural Louisiana parishes and 400,000 people. In the wake of this blunder by the Jindal Administration, I called on the Governor to “put his hat […]
  • What’s So Special About 1921 (10/1/2011) - Imagine you could turn back the clock to 1921. That year Louisiana adopted its method for taxing oil and gas. It’s a method that, by and large, is still in use today. In 1921, a loaf of bread cost 12 cents, gas was 10 cents a gallon and a Ford Model T cost $290. Louisiana […]
  • Telecom Merger Vote a Missed Opportunity to Improve Service (8/1/2011) - The Louisiana Public Service Commission missed an opportunity to hold the state’s largest telecommunications company accountable for poor service when it favored AT&T’s merger with T-Mobile last month. Over the past 12 months I’ve had 639 telecom complaints in my North Louisiana PSC district, and 593 of them – more than 90 percent – were […]
  • Campbell: Standardize Cellphone Chargers (7/1/2011) - It’s a simple idea. So simple it makes you wonder when it will become a reality. The idea is a standardized charger for all cellular telephones. Every time you buy a new cellphone, you have to purchase new home and auto chargers to power your phone. This is because the chargers that fit your old […]
  • Campbell to Bobby Jindal: Hands off School Trust Fund (6/6/2011) - One of the fundamental duties of the Governor of Louisiana is to pay the bills. Highways must be paved, state troopers and state employees must be paid, and state hospitals and universities must serve our citizens. State Government is a $26-billion-per-year enterprise. Declines in state revenue have prompted some Governors, including Bobby Jindal, to propose […]