Rural utilities customers could see the biggest changes to their providers in a generation.

The Advocate reports that state regulators and electric cooperatives are debating regulations that would forbid the co-ops from providing board members with health and life insurance, cap per diems at $200 a day, and set term limits.

Health insurance has become a particular sticking point in the negotiations.

“This is the most expensive benefit enjoyed by these part-time directors, and in my view any reform proposal must include this restriction,” Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell,

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