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Storm Response Bill Heads to Governor

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The Connecticut House of Representatives has unanimously approved legislation that responds to widespread and extended power outages last fall and a public furor that followed.
Lawmakers passed the measure 148-to-0 Wednesday, the final day of the legislative session. It goes to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy who says he will sign it into law.

The bill requires the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority to review electric and gas company emergency preparation and identifies cost-savings in tree-trimming, road clearing and other preventive measures. It also establishes emergency performance standards.

And the legislation allows the authority to impose financial penalties for violations.

It comes in response to tropical storm Irene and a freak October snow storm.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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