House committee holds hearing on regulating municipal electric rates

House committee holds hearing on regulating municipal electric rates

The House Local Government Committee gathered Tuesday to evaluate the benefits and disadvantages of passing House Bill 1405.


HB 1405 has two main functions. It would not allow municipalities to transfer money from electric funds to general funds. It would also provide residents within municipalities that have electric service monopolies to have more protections so these residents would have choice. These protections would be similar to guidelines that the Public Utility Commission (PUC) abides by.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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Veteran lawmaker goes it alone with compromise budget proposal

Rep. Bob Freeman (D-Northampton), a nearly 30-year veteran of the Pennsylvania General Assembly and current Democratic Chairman of the House Local Government Committee, went rogue Wednesday by offering what he feels is a “win-win” piecemeal budget compromise.

“I think it is clear from where we are in the budget impasse today that we have already exhausted every other conceivable option,” he said during a Wednesday morning news conference releasing his proposal. “It’s time to do the right thing.”

Rep. Freeman also made it clear that his proposal does not yet represent the views of any one caucus or the administration, saying the plan is of his own creation.

In more detail, the proposal put forward by Rep. Freeman requires five pieces of legislation all of which he said are needed and should be implemented in a particular order so as to ensure true compromise.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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