HB 485 (BR 1712) - K. Hall, K. Sinnette, J. Short, F. Steele
AN ACT relating to the disconnection of utility services.
Create a new section of KRS 278.010 to KRS 278.450 to require the Public Service Commission to promulgate administrative regulations to establish additional utility service shut-off and reconnection protections; define terms; provide that if a customer certifies to the utility that a financial hardship exists, the customer is protected from termination of service if a resident has a serious illness, an infant under 12 months of age is domiciled at the residence, it is between November 1 and March 31 and termination of utility service would result in the customer's heating service to cease operating, or all adults domiciled at the residence are 65 years of age or older and a minor under the age of 18 years resides at the residence; require administrative regulations to include minimum protection substantiation requirements; provide for renewal of protection claims; require arrearage notices to include prominent written notice of the protections afforded by this section; require in-person notification of utility shut-off and notice and opportunity for the customer to avail himself or herself of the protections of this section; provide for the repayment of arrearages to be done according to a reasonable schedule, not to exceed 1 year from the date of protection qualification; prohibit utilities from requiring additional deposits for reconnection or continuance of service.
Feb 27-introduced in House
Mar 4-to Tourism Development & Energy (H)
Mar 18-posted in committee