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03/06/2012 Contact: 850-413-6482

Florida PSC Holds Super Tuesday Consumer Forum for National Consumer Protection Week


TALLAHASSEE — In recognition of 2012 National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), Florida’s Public Service Commission (PSC) Chairman Ronald A. Brisé today shared helpful consumer information available from the PSC and other state agencies with consumer group leaders from across the state.

The PSC’s Super Tuesday Consumer Forum brought consumer groups together to learn how government agencies can better assist their clients with the wealth of informational materials and programs available.  In turn, state agencies learned to understand the needs of Florida’s consumer agencies to find better ways to raise consumer awareness.
 
“Making sure our information reaches consumers who might benefit is the key, and today we shared some best practices to achieve more effective outreach,” PSC Chairman Brisé said.  “Armed with practical information, consumers can make wise spending choices, avoid scams, save energy and water, get help with their utility bills, and obtain Link-Up Florida and Lifeline telephone assistance, if they qualify.” 

State and consumer agencies represented at today’s Forum include:  Department of Legal Affairs, Office of Attorney General; Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; Department of Financial Services, Office of Chief Financial Officer; Office of Public Counsel; Department of Elder Affairs; Department of Children and Families; Financial Aid Offices from Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College; Florida Association for Community Action; Florida Consumer Action Network; WorkForce Plus; 2-1-1 Big Bend; AARP; and United Way of Tampa Bay.

During the 14th Annual NCPW, March 4-10, the PSC staff is also making presentations to seniors in Fort Walton Beach, Jacksonville, and Tampa, showing them how to save money through energy and water conservation and how to sign up for Lifeline Assistance, if they qualify.  Many seniors on fixed incomes need to lower their utility bills to help conserve their other resources.

For more information about NCPW and to see a nationwide calendar of events, please visit www.ncpw.gov

For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com.

Follow the PSC on Twitter, @floridapsc.



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