By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press
LANSING (AP) – Michigan utilities could add up to a $1 surcharge to electric bills to provide heating assistance to low-income customers under legislation headed to the governor’s desk.READ MORE: Michigan EMS Agencies Seek $20M In State Funding To Address Staff Shortage
The state Senate on Tuesday gave final approval to the bill on a 34-4 vote.
The measure is designed to find permanent funding for a low-income heating fund that was ended by a 2011 state appeals court ruling. There had been confusion over whether lawmakers intended to keep the fund after passing a 2008 energy law.READ MORE: Warren City Council Approves Redevelopment Of Old GM Plant
Utilities could opt out of charging the fee. But they would have an incentive to participate because they otherwise would be barred from shutting off service to delinquent accounts from November to April.DWSD Working To Repair Dozens Of Water Main Breaks
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