HEARING SCHEDULED ON UTILITY RATE INCREASES
The recent spike in residential utility bills has caught the attention of state lawmakers. The House Consumer Affairs Committee will be holding a formal hearing at the Capitol on March 20th and a public forum in Bentleyville, Washington County on April 10th. Representative Peter Daley of Washington and Fayette Counties is the Committee's Democratic Chairman. He wants to hear from utilities, consumer advocates, and state regulators, to find out way utility bills have doubled, and in some cases tripled, in the course of just a few months.
NO RUSH FOR SMALL GAMES OF CHANCE LICENSES
The first small games of chance license has been issued to a tavern in Adams County, but the process and application numbers haven't lived up to expectations. When small games of chance were approved for taverns, legislators expected that as many as 2,000 bar owners would get licenses, and anticipated $100 million for the next budget. So far, only 10 applications have been filed. Ronda Zeigler who owns Midway Tavern, the first licensee, found the process to be confusing and suggests that a basic checklist of required documents be added. At budget hearings, legislators urged the Gaming Control Board and other agencies to fix the system.
SPRING FORWARD THIS WEEKEND
Turning the clock ahead one hour with the return of Daylight Saving Time at 2 a.m. this Sunday, could come with a renewed spring in your step. Those unhappy about losing an hour of sleep, by turning the clocks ahead one hour Sunday morning may eventually feel the spring in their step that come with longer days and that idea of leaving the doldrums of Old Man Winter behind. The extra daylight creates optimism and motivation to become more active. Don't forget to check the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.