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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: April 12, 2021 11:02 AM
From: Representative Andrew Lewis
To: All House members
Subject: Expanding Public Utility Exemptions for Volunteer Fire Companies, EMS, Rescue Squads, and Senior Citizen Center
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation to expand the exemption that volunteer fire companies, nonprofit rescue squad or ambulance services, and nonprofit senior citizen centers enjoy with public utilities. Currently, §1511 of Title 66 (Public Utilities) allow these organizations to be charged a residential rate for electricity. My bill would take existing statute and broaden it to include any and all public utility services.

These organizations are staples in our local communities and perform essential duties so that we are safe in times of emergencies. It is only right that we support them by seeking to lighten the burdens that force them to divert necessary funds from their intended mission in order to just keep their lights on and water flowing. The COVID-19 pandemic has further strained their already limited budgets, and this bill would deliver much needed relief.

Let us show the firefighters, rescue squad and ambulance personnel, and senior citizen center staff that we have their back. I respectfully ask for your co-sponsorship on this legislation.

Introduced as HB1548