by Ramon du Houx
Rep. Seth Berry, House chair of the Legislature’s Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, and Rep. Tiny Riley were sucessful with their bill to extend a program that helps those behind on their electric bills. The House and Senate over rode LePage's veto. The bill became law on May 2, 2018.
“For some Central Mane Power or Emera Maine customers struggling to pay skyrocketing and questionable electric bills, this bipartisan law will make a world of difference,” said Rep. Berry. “I’m grateful for the work of my entire committee and in particular the work of Reps Riley and Beth O’Connor, as well as Maine Public Advocate, Barry Hobbins.”
“The final version of this law pulls together resources that will help low-income Mainers get control of their electric bills, which ultimately helps keep rates lower for all electricity customers,” said Riley, a member of the Energy Committee who played a major role drafting the final version of the bill. “That’s a win for all of us.”
Lawmakers in the House overrode the veto of LD 1848, An Act To Extend Arrearage Management Programs, by a vote of 147-0. The Senate then overrode the veto 34-0.
Berry represents House District 55: Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Swan Island, and most of Richmond. He previously served from 2006-2014, the final two years as House Majority Leader.
Riley is serving her first term in the Maine House. She represents Jay, Livermore Falls and part of Livermore.