FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Dom Costa
House passes Costa's bill to further protect utility workers
HARRISBURG, Nov. 17 – State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, announced this week the House unanimously passed his bill that would expand protection to all electrical workers in cases of aggravated assault.
Costa’s bill (H.B. 1140) would protect all public and municipal utility employees; cable television employees; employees of electrical generation or distribution companies; employees of telecommunications carriers; and, independent contractors and their employees working on behalf of any such utility or entity during performance of their duties.
The measure would expand aggravated assault protection to include the entire range of electrical workers who provide services to the residents of the Commonwealth.
"Under the current law, many workers find themselves in threatening situations and have been assaulted by irate customers, but the attackers are not charged with aggravated assault," Costa said.
Costa said he appreciates the bipartisan support his bill received in the House and encourages the state Senate to take swift action on the legislation.