From Del. Glen Glass:
The issue of privacy and customer choice in regards to smart meters has been one of my top priorities this session. I will not delve into the health, privacy, and safety concerns of smart meters, but will update you on the status of my smart meter bills.
I introduced two bills concerning smart meters: House Bill (HB) 331 and HB 332. HB 331, which is entitled “Electricity – Smart Meters – Disclosure of Usage Data,” sought to prohibit the data from smart meters to be sold to third parties. HB 332, which is entitled “Electricity – Consumer Relations – Smart Meters,” addressed the issue of opt-out fees. Both bills were heard in the House Economic Matters Committee last Thursday, March 6, 2014. On March 11, 2014, both bills were given unfavorable reports.
There are two Senate bills that address the issues raised in HB331 and HB332, which are SB 280 and SB 880. Both bills were heard in the Senate Finance Committee last Tuesday, March 4, 2014. SB 280 and SB 880 have not been put to a vote. I encourage you to contact the committee members (via email and/or telephone) and express your thoughts on SB 280 and/or SB 880. The number to the Maryland General Assembly switchboard line is 410-841-3000. Kindly ask them to connect you to a specific Senator.
Senators Middleton, Astle, Brinkley, Glassman, Feldman, Kelley, Kittleman, Klausmeier, Mathias, Pugh, and Ramirez are the members of the Senate Finance Committee. The number to call the Senate Finance Committee is 410-841-3677.
You can also call the House Economic Matters Committee and express your thoughts on SB 280 and SB 880. Their number is 410-841-3519.
Thank you again for your continuing support and for taking the time to read this email.
Your Delegate and Servant,
Delegate Glen Glass