California fire victims seek pause on utility liability talk
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Victims of California’s deadliest wildfires and local politicians are calling on state lawmakers to stop trying to overhaul the state’s liability laws on wildfires.
Gathering in Santa Rosa Wednesday, the group said it’s concerned about a newly formed legislative committee that will consider cutting utilities’ responsibility when their equipment causes fires.
With just six weeks left in the legislative session, the group is worried lawmakers may move quickly to help utilities.
Investigators have determined that Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s equipment started several of the 2017 wildfires in Northern California wine country that together killed 44 people. The company says it expects to pay more than $2.5 billion.
Sonoma County Supervisor James Gore says the issues are too complex to resolve in six weeks.