President Garcia and Senator Rodriguez,
co-prime sponsors, introduced SB20-030, concerning increased consumer protections
for customers of investor-owned utilities. The bill directs the Public
Utilities Commission (PUC) to require information from regulated
public utilities, including the number of utility customers exempted from
tiered rates due to medical conditions, and disconnections and delinquencies.
The bill directs the PUC to create rules surronding disconnection due to
non-payment and reporting of consumer positive payment history. The
bill requires an opt-in from customers if utilities use new non-standard
rates. The President explained the provided Amendments, L.002 and
L.004 (Attachments A and B).