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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: March 5, 2020 10:07 AM
From: Representative Joe Ciresi
To: All House members
Subject: Prohibiting Early Termination Fees for Deceased Individuals
Whenever we experience the loss of a loved one, it is a difficult time. The family of the person’s estate has so much that needs to be settled, all while grieving. One issue these family members do not need is paying extra charges and fees to cancel a cable or cell phone contract of the deceased that will no longer be used.

In order to help grieving families in Pennsylvania, I will be introducing legislation that will prohibit cable television, cellular and other telecommunications companies, utility companies, and Voice over Internet Protocol companies from charging early termination fees because the individual died before the contract was complete. Vehicle leases will also be allowed to be terminated early without penalty for this reason. The family will be required to provide in writing the reason for ending the contract and provide a copy of the death certificate.

Please join with me in helping Pennsylvania families by removing one less hassle during their time of grief as they try to settle their loved one’s estate.

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Introduced as HB2762