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— St. Petersburg, Fla. – AARP Florida Advocacy Manager Jack McRay said AARP is disappointed in a 9-6 House committee vote Tuesday to allow Florida investor-owned utilities to shift the cost of out-of-state natural-gas exploration and development projects to ratepayers, while simultaneously collecting a return for itself on ratepayer-funded costs. The House Energy and Utilities subcommittee voted Tuesday to approve House Bill 1043 by Rep. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, in a subcommittee meeting held specifically to consider the legislation, just ahead of …

—   Contacts: Erik Kriss ekriss@aarp.org, David Irwin, dirwin@aarp.org Utility Consumer Advocate Office Would Level Field for NY Consumers, Who Already Pay Highest Electric Rates in Continental U.S. ALBANY, N.Y. – Utility consumers would have a strong advocate with the power to push back when utility companies push for rate increases under an AARP-backed bill that passed the New York State Assembly today. The bill (A6239), sponsored by Assembly Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee Chair Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Bronx), would establish a utility …