A sub-committee of People’s Water Board is working to get a hearing on bills 4393 and 4389/4390 in the Michigan House of Representatives, which are related to the thousands of water shut-offs in Detroit.
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Shut-off Protections – House Bill 4393 (Chang)
Institutes water shut-off protections for seniors, families with minor children, and those who are disabled. Provides for clearer notices for households at risk of being shut-off. Creates a low-income water assistance fund (similar to Michigan’s statute to protect households from utility shut-offs).
Decriminalization – House Bill 4389/4390 (Chang/Garrett)
Decriminalizes individuals who reconnect their water service after being shut-off for an inability to pay. Currently the recommended sentence for re-connecting service is a five-year felony. The bills would change sentencing to a civil infraction for first or second offense and a misdemeanor for third offense.
These bills have been referred to the House Committee on Local Government. The committee is:
Chair: State Rep. James Lower, 70th District (R) – Montcalm County and Gratiot County
Julie Alexander, 64th District (R) – Jackson County
Roger Hauck, 99th District (R) – Isabella County and Midland County.
Ben Frederick, 85th District (R) – Shiawassee County and Saginaw County.
Gary Howell, 82th District (R) – Lapeer County
Jim Runestad, 44th District (R) – Highland, White Lake, Springfield, Milford, Waterford
Kathy Crawford, 38th District (R) – Lyon, Northville, Novi, South Lyon, Walled Lake
Terry Sabo, 92nd District (D) – Muskegon
Jim Ellison, 26th District (D) – Royal Oak and Madison Heights
Patrick Green, 28th District (D) – Center Line and city of Warren
Jeremy Moss, 35th District (D) – Southfield, Lathrup Village, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Franklin.