Oklahoma governor, state leaders look to quell concerns over potential utility bill increases following arctic blast

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt held a news conference on Monday to address the effects of the last two weeks of winter weather on utility bills in the state.

Thousands of Oklahomans were part of controlled power outages last week and hundreds more across Green Country are still dealing with water issues related to the winter storms.

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Legislators and several other state officials joined Stitt on Monday in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma leaders address utility bill concerns

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Posted by FOX23 News on Monday, February 22, 2021

The governor requested a disaster declaration last week which was approved by President Joe Biden to open up a line of federal funding for the state as it recovers from the arctic blast.

“Oklahomans, I know you did your part,” Stitt said Monday.

Stitt said state leaders narrowed down their goals after the severe weather to helping people get through the immediate effects of the storm, and help prevent a similar situation for future storms.

He said plans on traveling to Washington, D.C. to meet with federal leaders this week.

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Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said he’s asking all utility companies to suspend autopay features for billing in an effort to keep Oklahomans from getting caught by surprise by a potentially higher-than-normal bill.

Hunter said energy-providing entities suspected of taking advantage of the situation to raise prices could be subject to investigation.

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