Rep. Griffey’s bill to make utilities more transparent unanimously passed by the Senate

Rep. Dan Griffey’s bill that would require more billing transparency from municipal utilities, unanimously passed out of the Senate today.

“I’m grateful for my colleagues in the Senate for considering my legislation and ultimately passing it onto the governor,” said Griffey, R-Allyn. “I’m excited for this bill to become law. It will provide better information and transparency to the customers paying the bills.”

House Bill 2889 would require municipal utilities that charge a tax for operating a water, sewer or wastewater, or stormwater utility, to disclose the tax rate on the billing statements it provides to customers.

“I think it’s really good government to be open, honest, and transparent,” noted Griffey.

Griffey said he introduced this legislation because he was contacted by a constituent that had to file multiple public record requests, just to find out the tax rate he was paying to a utility company.

“That seems like a no-brainer,” said Griffey. “No one should ever have to file a public record request to know their tax rate. That can’t happen.”

The bill now heads to the governor’s desk where it awaits his signature.

The 2020 legislative session is scheduled to end March 12.


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