HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Municipal electric companies in Connecticut say a growing number of people are abusing a law that protects those with serious or life-threatening illnesses from having their electricity shut off during the winter because they can't afford to pay the bill.
A bill before the legislature would change the definition of a "life-threatening" situation. Among other measures, it would allow utilities to verify an applicant's income and liquid assets and to contest the validity of a customer's illness.
Advocates for the elderly and needy have balked at the legislation, saying it could lead to fewer people getting the much-needed protection.
It's questionable, however, whether the bill will progress. Democratic Sen. Bob Duff said he doesn't expect the Energy and Technology Committee to act on the bill at its next meeting Tuesday.