Legislation to create better public accountability at the CPUC failed in Senate committees. SB 1403 by Sen. Leland Lee (D-San Francisco) sought to require a vote of the entire California Public Utilities Commission before assigning cases to specific commissioners. It also would have required agency staff to report and be accountable to the full commission, not just the president. It died in the Senate Energy, Utilities, & Communications Committee. Another, SB 981, won approval by a 7-6 vote in the same committee, but was held on the suspense file in the Senate Appropriations Committee. It would have stopped--or at least slowed--the revolving door of employees between the utilities and the CPUC.