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State and Federal Lawmakers Respond to PG&E Announcement to File Bankruptcy

Various state and federal lawmakers have responded to PG&E's announcement that it plans to file for bankruptcy.

Posted: Jan. 15, 2019 12:30 PM

CALIFORNIA - Various state and federal lawmakers have responded to PG&E's announcement that it plans to file for bankruptcy.

Congressman Doug LaMalfa responded to the bankruptcy filing, saying he is not surprised by the move.

"Coming through this bankruptcy, I'm sure PG&E is going to look a lot different when this is all over with," LaMalfa said. "They've already made moves with their management and I imagine their board too. One thing I think we do not want to happen is the state of California to somehow swoop in and take over the utility. I would not want our utility run by Sacramento."

North State Assemblyman James Gallagher issued a statement on the matter as well, mainly defending wildfire victims. 

"California cannot allow PG&E to declare bankruptcy and then make fire victims stand in line at bankruptcy court," Gallagher said. "If PG&E is determined to be liable for these recent disasters, fire victims and ratepayers must be the priority. No wall street creditors should get paid until fire victims have been properly compensated." 

Senator Jim Nielsen has weighed in as well, stating how he will work with the government to ensure that all California residents receive reliable energy.

I will work with the governor and the legislature to ensure that fire victims are prioritized and residents continue to receive reliable energy," Nielsen said. 

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