Granholm signs utility theft bills

Last time I checked, these two things were already illegal.

From the AP:

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A new state law aims at cracking down on energy theft from utilities in Michigan.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed bills Wednesday that make it a felony to illegally sell or transfer utility service. The penalty will be up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine for a first offense.

The bills also create specific penalties for assaulting utility workers while on the job. The minimum penalty would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Penalties would stiffen if the assault resulted in injuries requiring medical attention.

Energy theft has become a larger safety and utility cost issue during Michigan’s economic downturn. Illegal hookups have caused fires and resulted in higher costs for those who have legal utility connections.

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