Is the Texas Legislature Raising Utility Rates?

Several bills working their way through the legislative process are likely to send Texans' utility bills up, consumer advocates say.

On Monday, the House approved a bill that would allow electric utilities to raise rates to pay for projects like building electric poles and wires — without first going through a lengthy regulatory review process, as is customary now. The Senate has already passed a slightly different version.

Similar legislation on the gas side is pending in both the House and Senate; it would streamline the rate-raising process for those utilities, which help heat Texas homes. A House bill that ...

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