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Bill aimed at making propane more accessible during emergencies makes progress

January 17, 2018 11:30 PM

A bill aimed at helping homeowners receive propane more easily in an emergency is moving closer to becoming law. 

The bill, which was introduced by Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara days ago, passed in the state Assembly Wednesday. 

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The measure appears to be moving quickly through the State Legislature. 

In most cases, the propane supplier owns all the equipment, such as tanks, which it leases to customers. 

They're often the only supplier permitted to refill the tanks.

So some homeowners are forced to buy new tanks to do business with other suppliers. 

Santabarbara's bill allows homeowners leasing tanks to choose from multiple suppliers for emergency deliveries to keep the heat on when demand is high. 

He says it also gives homeowners leasing propane tanks more options to keep the heat on when a supplier fails to deliver under urgent circumstances.

“There are still homeowners and families out there right now that still have no heat,” Santabarbara said. “They’re still waiting for their propane deliveries. And its simply unacceptable that there are families out there that are in this situation. They can’t receive propane deliveries. Sometimes they can’t get a response from their supplier. And they have no heat. That’s the big issue.” 

Senator Jim Tedisco (R-Glenville) is sponsoring a version of the bill in the Senate, which he intends to introduce soon.  
 

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