Help Us Get A Hearing On House Bills 4393 and 4389/4390

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.

Here’s what you can do:
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Contact your legislators, voice your support for the bills listed below, and ask them to co-sponsor. For instructions and to help us track progress, click here or copy this link:

The Bills:
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.

The Public Health Impact of Our Regional Water Crisis

Join Detroit Jews for Justice (a member of the People’s Water Board Coalition) and Temple Kol Ami tomorrow night! There will be an educational panel and forum to learn how local communities are struggling to access clean and affordable water.  All are welcome to come and learn more about the potentially disastrous impact of this crisis on the public health in our region.

October 23, 2017 at 7pm – 9pm
Temple Kol Ami
5085 Walnut Lake Rd
West Bloomfield Township, MI 48323


Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.