NEW: At the end of the legislative session (December 2014) all testimony submitted in 2014 was moved to an archive page. We now have the link to that page: <More>
About 200 people showed up for the December 2nd, 2014 smart meter hearing before the Michigan House Oversight Committee chaired by Tom McMillin. 72 of these filled out cards to speak. Everyone who spoke, except for the corporate people and MPSC people, was against the new
Rep McMillin asked very astute and probing questions when the representatives of DTE, Consumers and MPSC were making their statements. The hearing did not get under way until 5:30 but continued to nearly 10 pm.
Earlier in the day there had been large demonstrations on the Capitol steps and many had participated in having the Sergeant-At-Arms call out their elected representative from the Senate and
House sessions to discuss with them the smart meter issues. Many who participated earlier were not able to attend the hearing due to the late starting time. The total number participating in the day’s events may well have reached 300.
A preliminary transcript of the hearing should be posted on the Committee’s web page soon. Those of us who participated believe this hearing will serve as a catalyst to get a smart meter bill passed in the next legislative session.
A video (youtube) of the entire hearing can be seen now by following the two links below.
For your convenience, near the end of Part 1 a link appears on screen that will load Part 2.
The above link will take you to the Oversight Committee page, where you scroll down to where there is a box that says “Testimony” and “Select One”. Clicking on the down arrow next to “Select One” will display a drop down list of all the people that submitted evidence (with the exception of a few folks who submitted evidence that was too massive to scan). Clicking on a name from this list will display that person’s submitted evidence.
Note also there is a box with a drop down list where you can select and view the minutes for any meeting of this Committee. At this time, however, only the proposed minutes of a very short meeting that happened earlier in the day on December 2nd are up for viewing. We are hopeful that the proposed minutes of the much longer smart meter hearing will be up within the next few days.