Tarrant Legislators Deliver Electricity Legislation to Consumers

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Senator Wendy Davis and Representative Chris Turner won passage of Senate Bill 1468 and House Bill 995, by amendment, which requires utility companies to notify Texas consumers in a timely fashion that their contracts are set to expire.  This notification will give consumers plenty of time to shop around for the lowest possible utility rates and avoid rate hikes at unexpected times–particularly during the expensive summer months here in the Lone Star State.

Passage of this legislation are seen as key campaign victories for Davis and Turner, who campaigned rigorously in House District 96 and Senate District 10 respectively throughout Tarrant County articulating the problems and identifying potential solutions for escalating utility costs to Texas consumers.

From Senator Davis:

“It has been an uphill battle with some powerful interests, but we succeeded in passing legislation that will have a very real, very positive impact on Texas families and their pocketbooks,” Senator Wendy Davis said. “This is a common-sense measure that will give people an opportunity to shop around and secure the best electricity rates available, taking advantage of the competition among electricity retailers.”

From Representative Turner:

“This legislation is a major victory for Texas families. It will provide more transparency for consumers by preventing unexpected, dramatic utility rate hikes,” said State Representative Chris Turner. “I applaud Senator Wendy Davis for her hard work in getting these provisions into the bill and for her strong leadership on consumer issues.”

Tarrant County is not only proud of Davis and Turner, but Representatives Veasey, Pierson, and Burnam as well.  You each represented our county, and your districts, well throughout the 81st legislative session.


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  1. This electric rate legislation…
    is a step in the right direction but it won't bring us the same electric rates charged to consumers in adjoining states like Oklahoma and Arkansas.

    The public wants to know all the facts about why we have paid so much more, and appear to have 'political' electric rates in Texas.

    Let's go back and research the testimony before committees of the Legislature that brought us these higher rates, and focus on solutions in the upcoming race for Governor.


    • Agreed
      I think you are spot on, Tom.  This legislation is a step in the right direction but it is not a solution to the overall problem.  

      I know there were some very good proposed solutions by means of legislation that died in committee or never got a vote.  That's a shame.  

      Hopefully the dual legislation on the part of Davis and Turner is a greater movement in the right direction.  

      I also agree in pushing for solutions in the gubernatorial elections coming up.  When I interviewed Tom Schieffer this was one of the things I made a point to ask him about was escalating costs of utilities in Texas.  We should all make a concerted effort to ask these questions.


    • Research the political contributions
      Pete Laney delivered the TDP to the “de-regulators” in the 75th Legislature.

      They “bailed out” improvident public utilities that should have been forced into bankruptcy and re-organized the way GM and Chrysler are being handled now. They effectively repealed common carriage regulation so that public utilities in Texas could “compete” (“charge whatever the traffic will bear”)with the cable television monopoly franchises (“tie-in sales”) and the merchant power generators (Dynegy) or gamesmen (Enron). Now, Texas has (a) the lowest marginal cost of power production, (b) the highest average revenue from power sales, and (c) Soviet-like technological obsolescence coupled with (d) the very exemplar of a “Predator State”.  

      The GOP has certainly made all that worse, but the TDP has failed again and again, especially in 2002, to offer any credible alternative at all. That will continue to be the case as long as the princple the TDP follows is whatever deal maximization of corporate funding of the Austin consultants by the usual bi-partisan concession-tenders plus a few trial-lawyers and on declining faction of organized labor entails.

      Consumers, innovators, farmers, workers, you name it … we all need a party, a platform, and some distinctive princples, not a lobby, a gaggle of pimnp-consultants, and silly, shallow buzz-words any two-bit bunko or con-artist can come up with.

      Why? Well, the era of cheap land, cheap oil, and cheap credit is over. We need a popular, center-left party — like we had a century ago only more inclusive. We really do not need more of the reactionary, cringing liberals who seek to restore … the status quo ante 2002. Yes, it was better then. But, … the moral, mental, and physical planes of strategy do not work that way. The GOP, for all their public hysterics, know that.

      They understand strategic games like “chicken”. It is clear that the TDP/LSP and their cheerleaders at BOR do not.    

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