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Bill Limiting Utility Provider Expansion Cleared for Final Approval in House

March 26, 1998
By: Tristin Yeager
State Capital Bureau

Union Electric and other utilities would be limited in offering repair services under a measure cleared for final passage in the state House. Tristin Yeager reports from the state capitol.

The bill would prevent large providers from using their own funds to sell and service utility equipment and appliances. The bill would also prevent providers from using their corporate name in their service business.

Sponsor of the bill, St. Louis Representative Paula Carter:

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OutCue: "...companies fighting this legislation."
Contents: Carter says the concept of the House is to support small businesses and that the state cannot afford for the them to fail, which she says explains why utility companies are fighting the legislation.

Carter says the bill will level the playing field for small utility service businesses to compete.


Union Electric is one step closer to facing tougher competition in selling or leasing appliances and providing repair contracts. Tristin Yeager reports from the state capitol.

The state House gave preliminary approval to a bill that would force utility providers to form independent businesses in order to sell or service appliances.

St. Louis County Representative John Hickey defended the bill against concerns that elderly consumers would not be able to find service businesses on their own.

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OutCue: "...the services that they need."
Contents: Hickey says that a lot of his constituents are elderly persons and that he believes they are competent, intelligent and able to find the services they need.

Under the bill, providers would not be allowed to direct customers to specific businesses for products or services.