(a)(1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.
(2) “Eligible residential customer” means a residential electric or gas customer who is:
(i) employed by the federal or State government or a local government in the State;
(ii) involuntarily furloughed from work without pay because of a government shutdown,
regardless of whether the employee is required to report to work during the furlough.
(3) “Government shutdown” means a government shutdown that:
(i) occurs when government funding is unavailable to operate the governmental activities
due to the lack of a legislative appropriation or a continuing resolution; and
(ii) lasts for a period that exceeds 7 consecutive days.
(b) A public service company may not terminate electric or gas service to an eligible
residential customer for nonpayment on a day that a government shutdown is in effect
and for 7 days after the government shutdown has ended if the customer contacts the
public service company before the date of termination to:
(1) provide verification that the customer is an employee of the federal, State, or
local government affected by the government shutdown; and
(2) enter into a payment plan to pay any outstanding amount on the customer's account
after the government shutdown ends.
(c) The Commission may adopt regulations to implement this section.
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