Assemblymember Levine to Introduce Bill to Protect Utility Customers from Fire Costs

Monday, October 30, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 30, 2017 Contact: Garen Kazanjian (916) 319-2010 or Garen.Kazanjian@asm.ca.gov

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County) agreed to coauthor legislation with Senator Jerry Hill next year protecting customers from increased rates due to improper activities by utility companies. The bill will prohibit utility companies that are found to be at fault for fires from recovering the cost from their customers.

"It's still too early to determine the cause of the North Bay fires. Regardless, ratepayers should never be stuck with the bill if negligence is determined. That's why I am coauthoring legislation with Senator Jerry Hill to prohibit utility companies from charging ratepayers for costs if the utility is found at fault for a fire. The public yearns for accountability and we must have it here," said Assemblymember Levine.

Assemblymember Marc Levine represents the 10th Assembly District, which includes Marin and Sonoma Counties.

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