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Introduced House Bill (H)

DIGEST

Municipally owned utilities. Makes the following changes to the Indiana Code provision that provides that in the case of property occupied by someone other than the owner, the person occupying the property is responsible for rates, charges, and other fees for utility services (other than sewer services) provided to the property by a municipally owned utility: (1) Provides that a municipally owned utility shall, without requiring: (A) a request from the property owner; or (B) the property owner to sign or cosign an agreement to: (i) ensure the creditworthiness of the person occupying the property; or (ii) assume responsibility or Municipally owned utilities. Makes the following changes to the Indiana Code provision that provides that in the case of property occupied by someone other than the owner, the person occupying the property is responsible for rates, charges, and other fees for utility services (other than sewer services) provided to the property by a municipally owned utility: (1) Provides that a municipally owned utility shall, without requiring: (A) a request from the property owner; or (B) the property owner to sign or cosign an agreement to: (i) ensure the creditworthiness of the person occupying the property; or (ii) assume responsibility or liability for payment for utility services rendered to the property; maintain the account for the property in the name of the person occupying the property and send all bills to the person occupying the property at the address of the property. (2) Prohibits a municipality from requiring, after March 14, 2020, as a condition of providing utility service to the property or otherwise, the property owner to: (A) ensure the creditworthiness of the person occupying the property; or (B) assume responsibility or liability for payment for utility services rendered to the property; by signing or cosigning an agreement, or by any other means. (3) Provides that if the person occupying the property incurs a delinquency with respect to any rates, charges, or other fees incurred with respect to the property, the municipally owned utility shall provide written notice to the property (Continued on next page) ... View more