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Attorney General Griffin Refers Summit Utilities Investigation Findings to Public Service Commission

Griffin: ‘As the advocate for Arkansas ratepayers, I have identified problems that demand the Public Service Commission’s attention’

LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Tim Griffin today released the following statement announcing he is referring the findings of his office’s investigation into Summit Utilities Arkansas, Inc. to the Arkansas Public Service Commission and is asking the Commission to investigate the company’s purchasing and billing practices and potential violations of Commission rules:

“As the advocate for Arkansas ratepayers, I have identified problems that demand the Public Service Commission’s attention regarding both the price of gas that Arkansans pay and billing. These issues have resulted in more than 2,800 calls to my office since January. I am asking the Commission to open separate investigations of the natural gas costs and billing practices of Summit Utilities.”

Griffin’s filing with the Commission is available here.

Attorney General Tim Griffin holds a press conference to announce his filing with the Public Service Commission.

About Attorney General Tim Griffin

Tim Griffin was elected Attorney General of Arkansas on November 8, 2022. He was elected Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas on November 4, 2014, and was re-elected for his second four-year term on November 6, 2018. From 2011-2015, Griffin served as the 24th Representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District. For the 113th Congress, he was a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans. He also attended graduate school at Oxford University. Griffin has served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, for over 25 years and currently holds the rank of colonel. In 2005, Griffin was mobilized to active duty as an Army prosecutor at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and served with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault in Mosul, Iraq). He is currently serving as the Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) for the 81st Readiness Division at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Prior to his current post, Griffin served as the Commander of the 134th Legal Operations Detachment (LOD) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and a senior legislative advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness at the Pentagon. Colonel Griffin holds a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush. Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife, Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their three children.