House committee unanimously approves Rep. Dufault’s utility delinquency bill

A bill that would prevent cities from charging a property owner or tenant for utility services provided to a former resident unanimously passed the Housing, Human Services and Veterans Committee today.

Rep. Jeremie Dufault introduced House Bill 1421 after learning constituents were being charged for utility bills they didn't incur.

“Government should not have the power to make someone pay somebody else's bills,” said Dufault, R-Selah. “This is about fairness.”

One affected constituent was a soldier at the Yakima Training Center. Before he could activate his rental home's water and sewer service, he had to pay the city where he lived $250 in bills owed by the previous tenant.

Under House Bill 1421, cities could still hold delinquent payers accountable, but not property owners and new tenants.

The vote to approve the bill in committee was 9-0.

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