From the office of Del. Glen Glass:
Maryland State Delegate Glen Glass will be holding a press conference at 12:00PM on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. The press conference will take place in Room 318 of the House of Delegates Building at 6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.
Delegate Glass plans to address the topic of smart meters and his two bipartisan smart meter bills, House Bill (HB) 331 and HB 332. The Senate cross-filed HB 331 and HB 332 as Senate Bill (SB) 280 and SB 880, respectively. HB 331 aims to protect consumer usage data by prohibiting utility companies from selling the data to third parties. HB 332 tries to maintain consumer freedom by allowing consumers to freely choose to decline the installation of a smart meter without having to pay excessive fees in addition to endless monthly fees.
“The issue of smart meters and their installation,” Delegate Glass says, “is one that impacts all Maryland citizens. Smart meters only benefit the utility companies. They do not benefit Maryland citizens. Maryland consumers, not the utility companies, should have the authority to decide what kind of electric meter to maintain without unnecessary fees attached.”
“Having to pay an extreme fee to the utility companies for not installing electric equipment is intimidating to many Maryland citizens. These fees discriminate against people such as the poor, senior citizens, single-family households, and families of low income (including many minorities). My bipartisan bills seek to protect these people,” says Delegate Glass.
Delegate Glass also says, “Lastly, the usage data from smart meters contain very detailed information concerning consumers’ electricity and appliance usage. I want to protect that data and keep it from being distributed to third parties. Constituents do not want ‘Big Brother’ to have another avenue at which to monitor them.”
The press conference will take place prior to the bill hearing in the Senate for SB 280 and SB 880.