HARRISBURG – Sen. Tom Killion of Chester & Delaware Counties has introduced a measure allocating $100 million to PA households and small businesses delinquent on utility bills due to COVID-19. Senate Bill 1234 allocates federal funding from the CARES Act to provide added utility assistance to low-income customers eligible for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP or other state assistance program. It also establishes a mechanism to provide small businesses that have had their operations interrupted as a result of the pandemic with financial assistance to pay back utility bills and stay current in coming months as the economy recovers. Killion says about 800,000 residential customers and 55,000 businesses are behind on their utility bills due to the pandemic. The bill is before the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee.

SEN. TOM KILLION