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.