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The Ratepayer Protection Act
Bill No: HB 1288
Chief Patron: Del. Lee Ware (R)
Chief Co-Patron: Del. Sally Hudson (D)
This bill enables the State Corporation Commission (SCC) to set a utility’s future rates based on the future cost of service, empowering regulators to set reasonable rates for customers.
Update: The House Committee on Commerce and Energy failed to pass HB1288. The bipartisan patrons remain committed to this issue and legislative reform in future sessions.
Prohibiting Utility Disconnections During Extreme Weather Events
Bill No: HB 1054
Chief Patron: Del. Irene Shin
This bill 1) limits the ability of electric, gas and water utilities to disconnect customers from critical services during extreme weather events or during periods of crisis and 2) prohibits water, gas and electric utilities from assessing disconnection, reconnection and late fees to customers who do lose utilities due to late bills or for non-payment.
Update: The House Committee on Commerce and Energy failed to pass HB1054. The patron remains committed to this issue and legislative reform in future sessions.
Delaying Utility Service Terminations for the Medically Vulnerable
Bill No: HB 664
Chief Patron: Del. Kaye Kory
This bill 1) expands the existing delay from service termination for those with serious medical conditions, 2 )allows households where primary residents are 65 and older and/or 12 months and younger or who have a disability to delay disconnection by 60 days following the notice of service termination for non-payment and 3) gives vulnerable customers the right to seek delays from 2 to 3 times in a 12-month period.
Update: The House Committee on Commerce and Energy failed to pass HB664. The patron remains committed to this issue and legislative reform in future sessions.
Utility Monopoly Political Contribution Ban
Bill Nos: HB 71, SB 45, SB568
Chief Patron (HB71): Del. Lee Ware (R)
Chief Patron (SB45): Sen. Chap Petersen (D)
Chief Patron (SB568): Sen. Richard Stuart (R)
These bills prohibit public utility monopolies in Virginia from contributing to the political campaigns and committees of the government officials who are tasked with regulating them.
Update: Both chambers failed to pass this suite of popular, bipartisan legislation. The patrons remain committed to the issue and legislative reform in future sessions.
Prohibiting the Personal Use of Campaign Funds
Bill No: SB 463
Chief Patron: Sen. John Bell (D)
This bill bans the personal use of campaign funds donated to a political candidate.
Update: SB 463 Passed Senate (37-Y 3-N) on 02/15/22
Prohibiting Legislators from Owning Stocks in Virginia’s Public Service Corporations
Bill No: HB1252
Chief Patron: Delegate Dan Helmer (D)
This bill prohibits members of the General Assembly from owning stock in the public service corporations they are tasked with regulating.
Update: This bill was not heard by the House Rules, and members of the General Assembly can continue to vote on legislation that could directly impact their personal wealth with no accountability.