Senate panel approves bill that critics say gives utility companies ‘monopoly’

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A proposal that gives local utility companies the first shot at building transmission lines that connect to their facilities cleared its first legislative hurdle Monday over objections that it would give existing utility companies a monopoly.

A split Senate utilities committee approved a bill that gives local utilities the right of first refusal to build certain regional transmission lines, similar to laws already passed in Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Minnesota and Texas.

The committee spent four days hearing testimony on theSSJ

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