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H.R. 587: Fair RATES Act

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Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 587 amends the Federal Power Act to enable parties adversely affected by the inaction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to have the right to a rehearing. Specifically, H.R. 587 clarifies that if the FERC does not act within 60 days on a utility’s notice of a rate increase, including instances of a deadlocked Commission, then such lack of action would be treated as if FERC had issued an order accepting the change, thereby allowing any affected party to apply for rehearing.

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Joseph Kennedy III

Sponsor. Representative for Massachusetts's 4th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 24, 2017
Length: 2 pages

Jan 17, 2017


Passed House (Senate next) on Jan 23, 2017

This bill passed in the House on January 23, 2017 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.


2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

See Instead:

S. 186 (same title)
Passed Senate (House next) — Sep 4, 2018


Jan 17, 2017

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Jan 23, 2017
Passed House (Senate next)

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