Delegate Glen Glass plans to address the topic of BGE Smart Meter installation within the state of Maryland, especially the over-billing problems. He feels that there needs to be a serious discussion regarding the disrespectful treatment of constituents as well as a review of the installation procedure conducted by BGE. He also wants to discuss the health concerns, and privacy invasion that Smart Meters pose, as well as the fires caused by smart meters. Senate Bill 9 which is a cross file of House Bill 516 was heard in the senate already and the hearing went very well. There has not been a vote on SB 9 yet. Delegate Glass’s Bill will be heard in the house on the 26th of March in the Economic Matters committee.
Delegate Glass said “There are numerous incidents where BGE installers have conducted their installation practices with poor regard for customer decision. Smart Meters are being placed on their customers house’s in replacement of analog meters without their consent. A single mom had the cops called on her for refusing a smart meter, and others were told there was a $75 monthly fee which is actually an initial fee of $75 and then a fee of $11 per month. A lady became sick when she moved into a condo with smart meters, two days after she moved out she was fine”.
Delegate Glass says, “Smart meters make your bill increase which happened to me, ;my bill doubled and Senator Mathias’ bill tripled when a smart meter was installed. These meters have caused nearly 1000 fires and are a big brother invasion of privacy, monitoring our activity. My legislation is a cross file of Senator Mcfadden’s smart meter opt out bill in the senate; it is time for this bi-partisan bill to become law, allowing the citizens of Maryland to come first, not the MONOPOLY Utility companies ”. Smart meters only benefit the utility companies, not the citizens of Maryland”.