Protecting seniors from losing their electricity

Since the legislature deregulated the electricity market, some Texas families have seen increases as high as 64% in their electric bills. Senator Hinojosa has been a leader in protecting the rights of consumers and the safety of seniors, especially homebound seniors and those on fixed incomes.

  • Voted for legislation that appropriates $500 million from the System Benefit Fund to the Public Utility Commission to appropriate refunds to assist low-income households with their electric bills.
  • Proposed legislation that would put a moratorium on electricity disconnections for senior consumers.
  • Supported legislation that gives power to consumers, allowing them to compare their electric plan against other plans and find the best electric rates available.
  • Voted for legislation that requires electric companies to notify fixed-price consumers in writing when their rates are going to increase.