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a state-wide bill stops utility companies from passing on right-of-way fees to consumers

May 18, 2001
By: Michelle Wirth
State Capital Bureau

Your phone bill could be cheaper because of a bill passed by the Missouri Legislature on the last day of the 2001 session. Michelle Wirth has more from Jefferson City.

The Missouri Legislature passed a state-wide bill stopping utility companies from passing right-of-way fees to consumers when they dig up city streets. Cities, like St. Louis City, decide what to charge for the right-of-way based on the specific location where utility companies dig. St. Louis City Senator John Scott says the bill is favorable for St. Louis City.

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The city comes out very well on it. There's a lot of money generated from fees and stuff on that and they were eliminating a lot of fees but it's all worked out.

The bill also gives the public a chance to vote before right-of-way fees in cities are increased. From Jefferson City, I'm Michelle Wirth.