Georgia Utilities Expert Witnesses

The House has approved a bill that requires utilities to pay for utilities expert witnesses who come before the state Public Service Commission to help make the case for rate hikes. Currently, those expert witnesses are paid for by taxpayers. The measure from state Rep. John Lunsford, a McDonough Republican, passed 114-49 on Wednesday. Opponents say the legislation allows utilities to pass the costs along to consumers and could lead to higher gas and electric rates.

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