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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are considering numerous bills that would place limits on fixed residential charges imposed by the state’s largest electric utilities.

The General Assembly’s Energy and Technology Committee was scheduled Tuesday to hear testimony on proposals to cap or eliminate the charge. It comes after state regulators said Connecticut Light & Power could increase the current $16 a month charge to $19.25. The company originally sought a $25.50 charge, saying the money was needed to cover significant expenses.

One of the bills under consideration would cap future fees at $10.

Lawmakers are also considering a bill proposed by Senate President Martin Looney that would ban variable-rate electricity contracts. Looney planned to hold a news conference Tuesday on the proposal, accompanied by fellow lawmakers, the state’s Consumer Counsel and the AARP.