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California lawmakers to vote on bill to support wildfire survivors

Victims of several catastrophic wildfires gathered at the state capitol on Monday to share their stories of survival.

Posted: Jul 9, 2019 11:00 AM
Updated: Jul 9, 2019 11:05 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Victims of several catastrophic wildfires gathered at the state capitol on Monday to share their stories of survival.

The survivors came together to support AB1054, in hopes of shaping future political decisions. 

If passed, the bill would provide more legal protection for fire victims, create more safety regulations for utilities, and protect ratepayers and utility companies from bearing too much of the financial burden. 

"We stand here today to make change," said Graham Knaus, executive director of CSAC. "To make change in communities so that they are better protected in the future when wildfires occur." 

Several amendments have been proposed for the legislation. 

Some say that AB1054 does not do enough to protect customers and hold utilities to higher safety standards. However, proponents of the bill say that it is a good starting point.  

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