Columbia, SC (AP) - The House Judiciary Committee has approved six bills that lawmakers say fix problems found in the wake of a pair of abandoned nuclear reactors that could cost South Carolina ratepayers billions of dollars.

The proposals approved Tuesday would block project co-owner South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. from continuing to charge its customers $37 million a month for the two scuttled reactors at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station.

A different bill would refund at least some of the nearly $2 billion SCE&G has charged customers for the plants. Another proposal would eliminate the law that let utilities charge customers for the plants before they produce power.

The bills head to the House floor when the General Assembly returns in January.

A Senate panel also discussed its own ideas Tuesday.

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