Sheldon’s good-government bills pass Senate, go to House

The Senate today passed bills sponsored by Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Shelton, would simplify administrative processes for investor-owned utilities and public utility districts.

“As a society we need government, but we don’t need any more government than is necessary,” Sheldon said. “Both of these bills simplify the administration of utilities.”

Senate Bill 5267 eases administration by allowing joint operating agencies and public utility districts the option of paying claims by either check or warrant. Senate Bill 5989 simplifies the review of long-term financial commitments by investor-owned utilities by reducing the number of determinations required by the state Utilities and Transportation Commission.

SB 5267 passed on a 47-0 vote, with 2 senators excused. SB 5989 passed on a 47-0 vote, with 2 senators excused. The bills now go to the House for consideration.

“Anytime we can simplify the cost of doing business, that’s a good thing,” Sheldon said. “Both these bills make doing business easier.”