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State Senator Paul Doyle: Your Voice

June 29, 2016

Capitol address
Legislative Office Building
Room 3900
Hartford, CT 06106-1591

E-mail me here

On the Web

Capitol: 860-240-0475
Toll-free: 1-800-842-1420

Standing Up for Seniors with the AARP

Last week, I was presented with the "2015 Legislative Achievement Award" by the Connecticut AARP at the Rocky Hill Senior Center. Throughout my legislative career I have been able to work with the Connecticut AARP on many important issues affecting the lives of seniors in the communities I represent. Together we have fought predatory electricity contracts, expanded access to home health care, and improved quality of life for seniors. I received this particular award for introducing a bill banning variable-rate electric contracts and leading its enactment into law.

Variable-rate contracts can be highly unpredictable, allowing for significant fluctuations in electricity rate charges each month. Customers are often sold on a variable-rate contract by being offered a low "teaser" rate by sales agents who misrepresent the extent to which the rates will change.

Customers, many of them seniors, have reported that several months after signing onto the variable-rate contracts their electricity rates increased from the low teaser rate to an increase of over 100 percent in many cases and over 200 percent in some cases. No notice of the rate increases was given to consumers until their bill arrived and payment was demanded using the threat of disconnection of service if payment wasn't made.


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Senator Paul Doyle, Legislative Office Building, Room 3900, Hartford, Connecticut 06106
Capitol telephone: 860-240-0475, or Toll-free: 1-800-842-1420

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