Quinn Signs Laws to Protect Consumers


CHICAGO (AP) -- Legislation that bans a land line phone fraud practice known as "cramming" is now law in Illinois.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed four bills on Wednesday involving utility consumer protections.

One bill bans a scam where third parties charge for unwanted or unneeded services on land line telephones. That includes extended warranties or voicemail, for example.

The other new laws require utilities to notify credit reporting bureaus when utility bills are paid off and allow townships to purchase energy in groups, just like cities and counties already can.

A fourth new law protects "net metering." That's where customers who produce their own renewable energy can sell excess back to a provider.

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