House Bill 485

Last Action posted in committee
Title AN ACT relating to the disconnection of utility services.
Bill Documents Bill
Bill Request Number 1712
Sponsors K. Hall, K. Sinnette, J. Short, F. Steele
Summary of Original Version 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.
Index Headings of Original Version Physicians and Practitioners - Utility shut-off protection, seriously ill customers, medical professional verification required
Poverty - Utility shut-off protection, financial hardship, requirements
Public Utilities - Utility shut-off protection, Public Service Commission, administrative regulations
Public Utilities - Utility shut-off protection, qualifications, requirements
Public Safety - Utility shut-off protection, qualifications, requirements
Administrative Regulations and Proceedings - Utility shut-off protection, Public Service Commission, administrative regulations
Aged Persons and Aging - Utility shut-off protection, elderly customers with minors living in the residence
Children and Minors - Utility shut-off protection, customers with infants under 1 year of age
State Agencies - Public Service Commission, utility shut-off protection


  • introduced in House
  • to Tourism Development & Energy (H)
  • posted in committee

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