Senate postpones vote on National Grid bill defeated by HouseApril 11th, 2012 at 5:18 pm by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed on Wednesday afternoon abruptly postponed a scheduled vote on a bill to change how National Grid deals with customer defaults, a week after House lawmakers unexpectedly defeated the measure.
The vote was postponed until April 26 at the request of its sponsor, state Sen. Joshua Miller, D-Providence, Senate spokesman Greg Pare told WPRI.com. The bill would amend the Henry Shelton Act to let National Grid recoup losses from low-income residents’ unpaid bills by charging other ratepayers, rather than writing them off as bad debt.
A spokesman for House Speaker Gordon Fox says the House may vote on the proposal again if the Senate passes its version of the bill and sends it over to the other chamber.
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