State lawmakers are working several fronts in the battle with natural gas prices. State representative Betty Thompson of University City wants to revise the “warm weather” rule, so that utilities can’t turn off anyone’s heat from November through mid-spring. Other lawmakers are hoping they can get some emergency funding through this year’s session for customers falling behind on their heating bills. Lt. Governor Joe Maxwell is a little less optimistic–he thinks some of the legislature’s work may not pay off until next winter.
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