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State Municipal Electric Assn. Backs Bill Looking To Protect Customer Usage Data

Florida Municipal Electric Association

A bill looking to exempt municipal utility customers’ usage data from public record has cleared its final committee stop in the Florida House. Ryan Dailey recently spoke with Florida Municipal Electric Association director Amy Zubaly about why her organization supports what she sees as a measure for consumer protection.

1. Walk me through the basics of this bill, HB 591, and what it does.

2. Can you tell me a bit about why, currently, municipal utility customers’ usage is something that can be looked up as a part of public record?

3. This bill is being characterized as a consumer protection measure – how does it function as such?

4. Why does your organization, the Florida Municipal Electric Association, support the bill?

Ryan Dailey is a reporter/producer for WFSU/Florida Public Radio. After graduating from Florida State University, Ryan went into print journalism working for the Tallahassee Democrat for five years. At the Democrat, he worked as a copy editor, general assignment and K-12 education reporter.