New law will prevent utilities from turning off power on medical patients

New Jersey utility companies now won’t be able to cut off a customer’s service for nonpayment for 90 days if the person has a medical condition.

News 12 Staff

Jul 6, 2019, 1:01 AM

Updated 1,782 days ago

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New Jersey utility companies now won’t be able to cut off a customer’s service for nonpayment for 90 days if the person has a medical condition.
Gov. Phil Murphy signed Linda’s Law Friday. The law is named for Linda Daniels, a Newark grandmother who died after PSE&G disconnected her power. Daniels used an electrically powered oxygen tank.
Under the law, utility companies must request information from customers twice a year to verify who is using life-sustaining equipment.
The state Board of Public Utilities already considers outdoor temperatures before power is turned off.


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