Ciresi Reintroduces House Bill on Termination Fees

HARRISBURG PA – Early termination penalty fees, occasionally charged by utility service providers and other companies to customers’ accounts after they’ve died, would be banned under those circumstances in legislation proposed by state 146th District Rep Joe Ciresi, state House Democrats reported Monday (May 17, 2021).

Ciresi has reintroduced House Bill 1418, which would prohibit cable, phone, telecommunications, utility, and some additional firms using provider contracts from imposing the fees on families of recently deceased persons for services they’ll no longer use. It currently has 18 Democrat and Republican member co-sponsors. The bill was offered during the last House session but did not survive.

In this latest version, vehicle leases would also be allowed to end early without penalty if leaseholders die before the contract ends. In all cases, families would be required to state the reason for ending the contract, and supply a copy of the deceased’s death certificate.

“Death shouldn’t come with fees,” Ciresi said, “and there is no reason a company should be allowed to charge money to a customer’s estate for early termination fees because that customer died before the contract was fulfilled.”

The bill has been referred to the House Consumer Affairs Committee. Track its progress here. Ciresi represents more than 61,000 residents in all or parts of Limerick, Lower Pottsgrove and Perkiomen townships, and the boroughs of Pottstown, Royersford and Trappe.

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