Chipley's Gary Clark is one step closer to being re-appointed to serve on Florida's Public Service Commission.

Without questions, the Senate Rules Committee on Thursday backed the confirmation of Clark and fellow members of the Florida Public Service Commission, Andrew Fay and Art Graham.

The favorable votes likely are a prelude to full Senate confirmation for the three appointees of Gov. Rick Scott to the utility-regulatory commission.

Fay, a former deputy to Attorney General Pam Bondi, was appointed last month to a $132,000-a-year seat on the panel.

Graham, who recently started a two-year term as commission chairman, joined the PSC in 2010 and was reappointed by Scott in September to a four-year term.

Clark was appointed to finish the term of former Commissioner Jimmy Patronis, who was named state chief financial officer last year.