CALL FOR ACTION - Please contact your Senator today in support of HB 272!

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House Bill 272 Goes to the Senate!

House Bill 272 won approval in the House on Monday and is now headed to the Senate! The legislation has been assigned to the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee and may receive a hearing in committee as soon as tomorrow, Friday, March 5.

Call Your Senator Today in Support of HB 272!

Representative Josh Bray is the lead sponsor for House Bill 272, which would create a new section of KRS Chapter 278 to allow water districts and water associations to charge a late payment fee of 10% of the amount billed. This is a long-standing business practice for most businesses and utilities that is being specifically eliminated as an option in recent orders issued by the Kentucky Public Service Commission. Nearly all districts and associations have late payment penalties in their tariffs now. This bill, if it becomes law, would prohibit PSC from modifying, rejecting, or suspending late payment charges established by tariff.

The PSC has recently started abolishing Late Payment Fees for every regulated utility that has a rate case pending. This practice started with the Hyden-Leslie Water District (Case No. 2020-141, dated November 6, 2020) and has been applied in each case since.

Late Payment Fees are:

    • an effective management tool to ensure prompt payments
    • universally accepted by businesses (including utilities)
    • promoted and approved by PSC for over 50 years

Fundamental Fairness

Customers who pay their bills on time should not have to bear the cost for customers who don’t pay their bills on time!

    • Utilities incur real costs in collecting late payments (extra mailings, phone calls, collection agencies, cut-off expenses)
    • PSC is shifting the cost caused by late payers to all customers
    • User rates will increase for all customers by abolishing Late Payment Fees           

Please contact your Senator today!


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KRWA Legislative Tracking Report - March 4, 2021

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Issue 1 2021 Session Begins!
Issue 2 House Bill 272 Introduced
Issue 3 House Bill 272 Scheduled for Hearing
Issue 4 House Bill 272 Receives Hearing in Committee
Issue 5 Action Alert!
Issue 6 House Bill 272 Goes to the Senate!

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