Kansans who fall behind on electric and natural gas bills will be losing some protection against shutoffs next week.
Sunday is the final day that the state's Cold Weather Rule will be in effect. The rule prohibits shutoffs of residential electricity or natural gas service when temperatures are expected to be at or below 35 degrees over the following 24 hours.
The rule takes effect each November and remains in place through the following March. It also requires utilities to contact a customer 24 hours before a disconnection and to offer a 12-month payment plan for the customer to maintain or re-establish service.