Twenty-six Communities Represented in Smart Meter Struggle: On Wednesday, November 13th, 32 people representing 26 Michigan communities descended on Lansing, lobbied their House representatives and requested a hearing on HB 4513. Some were also able to speak with their Senators and requested a Senate version of the bill be introduced in the Senate. Several individuals requested a conversation with Energy Committee Chairman Aric Nesbitt but he would not come out to speak with us.
Due to many of us having to get back on our bus, everyone’s response from their representatives was not obtained. We are in the process of gathering this information and will share it soon.
Next Steps: If you were unable to attend this event, please request via phone or email that your House Representative support our efforts for a hearing to get HB 4315 out of committee. Ask them to respond if they support it and what you need to do to help this process. Please follow up until you get a response. In addition, contact your state senator and request a Senate version of HB 4315 to be introduced in the Senate.
Some of us have made plans to meet personally with our representatives to educate them more in depth on this issue and to obtain there ideas to help this bill move forward.
It would be very helpful if you would send us the responses from your representatives. Again, we will be keeping a tally on who supports our efforts and who does not.
A special thank you to Rep. Tom McMillin and his intern John for educating and assisting us with this event. We were told they have never had such a large citizen group organize and lobby Lansing before (that they know of).
We all learned so much from each other and have become fast friends and allies.
We are currently strategizing and planning our next steps.
Pam and I are compiling information and will be updating you with next steps in this process.
Please feel free to share this information with anyone you know who shares in our concerns and efforts to protect our health and privacy.
We are not going away!
Dee Hilbert and Pam Wallace
Oakland/Macomb Smart Meter Coalition