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The chairpersons of electric cooperative boards watched Friday as Gov. Henry McMaster signed legislation that revises rules governing electric cooperatives, increasing transparency and accountability to co-op members, who are the customers. The signing ceremony was held one year to the day after an electric cooperative annual meeting that was the catalyst for the co-ops’ self-examination and the legislative initiative.
GUEST COLUMN: Changes coming for electric cooperative members

Gov. Henry McMaster has signed legislation that revises rules that govern electric cooperatives, increasing transparency to co-op members and adding limited government oversight.
Legislators did not set standards for who can be elected to cooperatives’ governing boards, or how often boards can meet or the compensation of board members.
The legislatures left those decisions to cooperative members.