Rep. Jesse Young’s Penlight easement legislation unanimously approved by Senate

A bill sponsored by Rep. Jesse Young to protect utility ratepayers was unanimously approved by the state Senate Tuesday. Under House Bill 2457, if a lien is placed on a property or there is a tax foreclosure following a negotiated easement with an electric utility for critical infrastructure, the easement could remain without putting ratepayers at risk.

Young says his bill would benefit thousands of ratepayers across the state.

“When a property goes into foreclosure status, the current process in place affects the electric utility infrastructure on that property. If a lien is placed on a property, a renegotiation of the easement typically takes place. In the case of utilities, this can potentially put ratepayers who live beyond that easement at risk of having their services interrupted,” said Young, R-Gig Harbor. “What's more, the cumulative effect of dealing with issues like this can cause rates to rise. My bill simultaneously protects the infrastructure we depend upon, especially in rural areas, while also helping to keep rates low. Technical details like this aren't sexy in political terms, but when it comes to helping those living on a fixed income who are depending on heat and electricity, every little detail counts.”

House Bill 2457 now heads to the governor's desk for his signature.

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