A dedicated group of individuals have steadfastly worked in Jefferson City over the years in the hope of crafting legislation in order to fight the rising threat of the surveillance state.
I am happy to report that they have finally, after a long fight, met with great success. Well at least the beginnings of success.
Republican Representative Tim Remole has introduced an Anti-Smart Meter bill titled HB 1175. This short (as all bills should be) 3 page bill, if passed into law, would (among other things) prevent utilities from sharing any information collected via the Smart Grid with any 3rd party (without your consent). It would limit the amount of time the utility can keep your information before it must be destroyed. It demands that any information collected through the Smart Grid that is to be used against an individual in a criminal case must be attained through a judge issued warrant. AND (here comes the good part) HB 1175 creates an Opt-Out option for those of us who do not wish to have a Smart Meter on our home by forcing the utility company to replace the Smart Meter with an analog meter at no additional charge. The utility also can not charge you a higher electric rate for opting out.
As good as this sounds it’s not time to celebrate yet.
Because it is still a bill. In order to become law it will need help. Lots of help. Especially from you.
How can you help, you ask?
Well if you live in the state of Missouri it’s important that you call, email, and visit your state Representative and tell them to support HB1175. (Text)
You can find your State Representative’s contact information Here.
So read the bill and understand what you are supporting. Then go out there and put on the pressure!
Because even though this bill isn’t going to stop the Smart Grid cold, it is a start. And in Missourian’s fight against the surveillance state… a place to start is exactly what we need!