The Arizona Legislature is currently debating legislation that would protect programs that provide scholarships for rural students, support for educational opportunities and assistance to cooperative families struggling to pay their electric bills.
SB1129: electric nonprofit cooperatives; patronage capital, would allow non-profit and democratically controlled electric cooperatives to provide these services and youth programs using unclaimed capital credits. Similar legislation has already been enacted in 34 other states and allows cooperatives to utilize refunds sent to customers but remain unclaimed.
Even though the bill passed unanimously out of the Senate and has broad bi-partisan support, we need your help to get it across the finish line in the Arizona House of Representatives!
Programs like the Washington Youth Tour, Educational Scholarships and Utility Bill Assistance are critical to the success of our rural communities and provide life changing opportunities to cooperative members that would not be available otherwise.
More importantly, the funds remain in the rural communities where they originated to support the people in those communities.
Help us put unclaimed dollars to work in your communities!
Take Action by sending a message to your House members today requesting their support for SB1129.