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Dems to PUC: Require telecom materials in multiple languages

Democrats on the powerful Senate Rules Committee, which is charged with confirming gubernatorial appointments, have sent a letter to members of the California Public Utilities Commission calling on the PUC to require telecommunication companies to provide contract terms and conditions "in whatever language those services are marketed."

The Rules committee, controlled by Democrats Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, Sen. Gil Cedillo and Sen. Alex Padilla, raised the issue of telecomm marketing practices during the confirmation of Rachelle Chong earlier this year.

"It is our belief that a consumer has the right to a contract for telecommunications services, or at least a clear statement of the contract terms and conditions, in whatever language those services are marketed to the consumer, and that it should be provided at the time of sale," the three Democratic senators wrote.

At least one current member of the PUC still faces Senate confirmation, Timothy Simon, who previously served as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's appointments secretary.