MONTPELIER (AP) - Leaders from the Vermont Legislature and an organization that represents the interests of older Vermonters are at the state House of Representatives to pass a bill that would give consumers and small businesses more influence in utility regulation cases heard by the Public Service Board.

During last year's session of the Vermont Legislature, AARP Vermont worked with Vermont's Department of Public Service and legislative leaders to increase the voices of consumers and small businesses in front of the VT Public Service Board and other regulators.

A bill that has been passed by the Senate would require the Department of Public Services to work more for residential rate payers and consumers.

Legislative leaders say they expect the House to pass this bill this week.