From the Office of State Senator Troy Fraser

For Immediate Release
February 18, 2009
Contact: Janice McCoy on behalf of Sen. Fraser (512-463-0124)
Mireya Zapata on behalf of Rep. Rose (512-463-0647)

Senator Fraser & Representative Rose File Electric Cooperative Reform Legislation

AUSTIN — Senator Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay) and Representative Patrick Rose (D-Dripping Springs) today filed legislation to ensure that electric cooperatives are open and responsive to their members. The legislation addresses the rights of members to access board meetings and cooperative records. It further requires electric cooperatives to hold fair and open elections so that all members have a voice.

"We are strong supporters of electric cooperatives," said Fraser and Rose. "The beauty of the electric cooperative system is that members are able to determine how best to run the system through the election of a board of directors. The 3 million Texans served by co-ops need the protections provided in our legislation to have earnest and lasting local control."

Senate Bill 921 and House Bill 1390 would further amend the Utilities Code to: