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Senator Simpson, District 10 — Press Release


April 4, 2013

CONTACT: Rachel Perrin Rogers, 850.487.5018

Florida Senate Unanimously Passes Utility Theft Legislation

Tallahassee, Fla. —

This afternoon, the Florida Senate unanimously passed Senator Simpson’s Utility Theft legislation (SB 338). "Electricity theft is a growing problem for Florida’s utilities.  We need stronger laws to deter electricity theft and to help utilities minimize losses due to theft that have historically been recovered through increased rates," said Senator Simpson. "Currently, regardless of the dollar value of the electricity that is stolen, energy theft is a misdemeanor. With the passage of this legislation, penalties will vary depending upon the value of the electricity that was stolen. This bill will go a long way in protecting consumers from rate hikes."