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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: July 8, 2020 12:16 PM
From: Representative Anthony M. DeLuca
To: All House members
Subject: Protect Public Utility Consumers from COVID-19 Rate Increases
Consumers, especially consumers of public utilities, should not be victims of corporate greed.

Public utilities across the country are trying to recover profits and shareholder dividends lost due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by attempting to increase the rates consumers pay for essential services. Consumers, however, should not be charged for revenue shortfalls or lost dividends.

Investments are all about risk – and public utility investors need to have some skin in the game and not line their pockets at the expense of ratepayers. That’s why I will be introducing legislation preventing public utilities from hiking up rates to recover lost profits that are due to the COVID-19 pandemic or mitigation measures.

Please join me in supporting this critical piece of consumer protection legislation.