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Senator Simpson, District 10 — Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 16, 2013

CONTACT: Rachel Perrin Rogers, 850.487.5018,
Amber Smith, 850.717.5058


Senator Simpson and Rep. Raulerson File Energy Theft Legislation

Tallahassee, Fla. —

Senator Wilton Simpson (R, Trilby) and Representative Dan Raulerson (R-Plant City) have filed Senate Bill 338 and House Bill 191. "Electricity theft is a growing problem for electric utilities.  Electric co-ops need stronger laws to deter electricity theft and to help utilities minimize losses due to theft that currently must be recovered through increased electric rates," said Senator Simpson.

"Currently, regardless of the dollar value of the electricity that is stolen, energy theft is a misdemeanor," said Rep. Raulerson.  "With the support of the electric cooperatives, we are pursuing legislation to allow penalties that vary depending upon the value of the electricity that was stolen. This bill will go a long way in protecting consumers from rate hikes caused by losses due to theft."