Source: NCDOJ Press Release

As North Carolina hunkers down during the spread of coronavirus, Attorney General Josh Stein is making moves to protect consumers and ensure the health and well-being of North Carolinians. 

According to an NCDOJ press release, Stein took two additional steps to protect people who may face financial hardship in the weeks to come. First, the NCDOJ will cease collection efforts of state debts, effective immediately. Second, Stein asked for local and municipal utilities to maintain access to water, power, gas and other vital services for residents.

“North Carolinians who are struggling with their health, have been laid off from their job, or are facing cuts to their income in the wake of COVID-19 should not have to bear additional burdens that will further harm their health or their finances,” Stein said in the statement. 

Stein wrote to all local and municipal utilities that provide essential services, according to the press release, asking them not to disconnect residents and to suspend late fees. Stein appeared in a press conference with Governor Cooper a few days after the press release where Cooper announced an executive order prohibiting utilities from disconnecting people who are unable to pay over the next two months.

Read the full press release from Attorney General Josh Stein’s office here.