Maryland State Delegate Glen Glass represents District 34A, Cecil County and Harford County Maryland . In February 2012, Delegate Glen Glass sponsored Maryland House Bill 878, which would have allowed homeowners to opt-out of receiving a smartmeter on their homes. The following blog post, written by Delegate Glass himself on March 9th, describes his goals and the scope and posture of Bill 878 here >>
On March 9th 2012 Delegate Glass wrote,
One of several problems I see is there is evidence that suggests these meters may be dangerous to our bodies and the environment. In addition, these meters are very intrusive because they monitor what is happening in the home and also give the utility companies the ability to shut your electric off at any time. Because of this and other reasons, I believe we have the right to choose to opt-out but a law needs to be established to protect our citizens.
Just a few months later in August 2012, we see that Smart Meters have been proven and documented to cause fires in many states around the country. Delegate Glass urges the Maryland state Public Service Commission (PSC) to take proactive action to prevent fires related to Smart Meters in Maryland, and Delegate Glass also urges members of the public to get involved as well.
The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) has issued notice for a hearing on August 28, 2012 where the four Maryland electrical utilities (BGE, Delmarva, Pepco, and SMECO) are required to present:
- Any knowledge of overheating of smartmeters in Maryland installations
- Any knowledge of fires of smartmeters in Maryland
- A list of brands, models, and manufacturers of smartmeters used in Maryland, cross-referenced with the models of smartmeters that have been known to cause fires elsewhere.
About this hearing, Delegate Glass writes on August 22, 2012:
Everyone is strongly urged to attend, if at all possible, in order to show the PSC that the people of Maryland are very concerned about Smart Meters.
The hearing will be held on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the Commission’s 16th Floor Hearing Room, William Donald Schaefer Tower, 6 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. The official notice for the hearing is posted here in PDF format >>
As part of a series on Maryland Newsmakers, Kellye Lynn of Comcast introduces Delegate Glass, who speaks for five minutes on some of the topics comprising his platform. For your convenience, we have listed the start times of each topic addressed by Delegate Glass in this 5 minute presentation so you can quickly jump to what interests you most.
0:00 Intro from Comcast presenter Kellye Lynn
0:34 Delegate Glass talks about the Dream Act
1:22 Same-sex marriage
2:15 Congressional re-districting
3:30 Smart Meters
4:20 Electrical utility companies as monopolies
A general view of Delegate Glass’ platform can be found here: http://www.glenglassworks.com/
Delegate Glass’ contact information is:
House Office Building, Room 325
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3280, (301) 858-3280
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3280 (toll free)
fax: (410) 841-3190, (301) 858-3190