Press Release from Senator John Carona

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 2012
Contact: Steven Polunsky
(512) 463-0365

SENATE COMMITTEE TAKES UP SMART METER CHARGE

AUSTIN, TX — Senator John Carona, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce, is adding an interim charge relating to smart meters to the Committee's October 9 meeting.

"There is a lot of concern in the public regarding advanced meters or smart meters, in particular about the potential health effects," Carona said. He continued, "These concerns have not gone away over the course of industry installation and educational outreach, suggesting a need for further attention and review. "

"I applaud the efforts of the Public Utility Commission and their recent public forum on the subject and look forward to this opportunity for additional public discussion."

The hearing will be held in Austin, Texas on October 9, 2012 at 10:00 AM in the Texas Capitol Extension, Room E1.016. The Committee will also take up interim study charges on payday loans and the Texas Telecommunications Universal Service Fund, as well as hear quarterly updates from selected state agencies, including the Texas Department of Insurance.

Senator John Carona represents Texas Senate District 16, encompassing all or parts of Addison, Carrolton, Coppell, Dallas, Farmers Branch, Garland, Highland Park, Irving, Rowlett, and University Park. He was elected to the Legislature in 1990, first as a House member, and in 1996 he was elected to the Texas Senate. He has served as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce since July of 2010.

More information can be found on the Committee blog at bandc.posterous.com. Follow Senator Carona on Twitter at twitter.com/JohnCarona and on Facebook at facebook.com/john.carona.

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