Bill supporters, however, say only the Legislature can authorize debt forgiveness. And that’s critical for low-income households whose individual arrears now range from $400 to $1,000 and counting as the pandemic stretches on, creating a “disconnection cliff” that will kick in when the moratorium ends, said Gabe Pacyniak, a University of New Mexico associate law professor who helped draft the bill.
“Customers will have to pay off all their arrears or be disconnected,” Pacyniak said. “… This gives low-income consumers time to pay their bills, plus assistance through debt forgiveness to dig themselves out of the hole they’re now in.”
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