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Bill To Prevent Rate Increases From Meter Reading Extensions Moving In Senate

Don Shall

Utilities won’t be able to up a customer’s rates because of how they read meters if a bill sponsored by  Sen. Charlie Dean (R--Ocala)  becomes law. Dean says some of his constituents saw higher bills after a utility in his area extended its meter reading period. The longer time bumped customers' usage up into a more costly pay bracket. Dean says his bill would prevent that.

“The extension to a billing cycle can exceed no more than 7 days and no higher rates for customers can occur because of the extension. This does not apply to a change in the billing cycle due to a state of emergency issued by the governor,” Dean says.

Dean’s bill passed the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government Wednesday. It has one more committee before reaching the Senate floor.