Florida Bill Would Protect Seniors from EPA Overreach

(Alexandria, Virginia) – The 60 Plus Association, a nonpartisan senior’s advocacy group with more than 800,000 senior supporters in Florida, called on the Florida House Energy and Utilities Subcommittee today to approve and advance House Bill 849, which has bipartisan support and is sponsored by Florida State Representative John Wood (R-41).  The bill is expected to be heard in committee on Thursday, March 12th.

“House Bill 849 would give Florida’s state legislature a vital role to play in determining how the state will ultimately respond to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s so-called ‘Clean Power Plan’,” said Jim Martin, the president of 60 Plus.

“For seniors, EPA’s proposal is more aptly named the ‘Cruel Power Plan.’ EPA’s proposal would be the costliest regulation ever promulgated by the agency, and seniors, especially those on a fixed-income, would be hit the hardest by the electricity rate increases that Florida will be subjected to under this federal mandate.

“As elected representatives of the people, it is critical that the state legislature work to protect Floridians – especially those most vulnerable – by being active in the development and ultimate approval of the state’s implementation plan.  By advancing House Bill 849, the Florida House Energy and Utilities Subcommittee would take an important step in that direction.”