Revised 11/16 to add critical location information.
November 15th, 2014 – Finally, a committee of the Michigan legislature will hear our smart meter protests! On Tuesday December 2nd the General Oversight Committee of the Michigan House of Representatives will listen to our grievances concerning DTE and Consumers smart meters and how we have been treated when we sought help for these concerns from the Michigan Public Service Commission. Come and plan to speak for 3-5 minutes before the Committee, chaired by Tom McMillin. The hearing will take place in the Anderson House Office Building at 124 North Capitol Avenue (directly across the street from the Capitol building). Ask the guard in the lobby to direct you to the appropriate floor and room number for the House Oversight Committee meeting. The hearing will begin sometime between 3 pm and 4:45 pm, depending on when the legislative session ends. Tom has assured us that this hearing will run as long as necessary to give every person a chance to speak for the record! Hearing may run late into the evening.
We particularly want your testimony on the record if you have been made ill by a smart meter, can no longer sleep in your own bed, had your power shutoff or been threatened with shutoff of your power for refusing to take a smart meter. Your input also needed if you have sought redress for any of these grievances from the Public Service Commission and been denied their help! The Chairman of the Public Service Commission has been invited as have representatives from DTE and Consumers Energy. We are hopeful that large numbers of you will come and make your voices heard! If you have doctor’s letters or other written evidence you want submitted to the record, please be sure to bring 15 copies 30 copies for submission to the Committee.
The Purpose of this Hearing: Everyone should understand that the McMillin smart meter bill is still stuck in the House Energy Committee and will almost certainly die at the end of the year. This hearing, on the other hand, will be about establishing a record of evidence concerning the smart meter issues and the failure of the Public Service Commission in addressing those issues. It has at least the possibility of leading to bills to be introduced in the next session of the legislature beginning in January. It is also a good opportunity for us to get our concerns reported by the press.
Other Activities Planned for That Day: If you are planning on coming for the hearing you may also want to come earlier in the day and join us for other protest activity planned by Pam Wallace and Dee Hilbert. If you come at noon that day you can join us for a demonstration in front of the Capitol building. The Capitol building is at 110 South Capitol Avenue (at the corner of Capitol Ave and Michigan Ave) Please bring a sign and wear warm clothing. In the morning some of us will be in the Senate lobby having our Senator called out of session by the Sergeant at Arms to talk with us about smart meter legislation. In the early afternoon some of us will be in the House lobby having our Representative called out of session by the Sergeant at Arms to talk about smart meters. If you plan to join us for the full day of activities please be sure to bring water, food and a snack. Tom is arranging for us to have a room in the Capitol building to gather during the day. The room will allow us to rest, warm up and visit during our time at the Capitol.
Here are some themes that should be stressed in conversations with legislators or on signs:
Smart Meter Radiation As a Type 2 Carcinogen. They Are Not Safe.
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