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Rare public hearing held to address 'smart meter' concerns

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Fullilove was interrupted by MLGW President Jerry Collins when he disagreed with her claim that some people have smart meters against their will. Fullilove was interrupted by MLGW President Jerry Collins when he disagreed with her claim that some people have smart meters against their will.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Twenty-four thousand new smart meters that read meters electronically will eventually replace dozens of meter readers. Some say the public is being "bamboozled."

MLGW committee meeting Tuesday got off to an explosive start.

Fullilove was interrupted by MLGW President Jerry Collins when he disagreed with her claim that some people have smart meters against their will.

"No one has received a smart meter who didn't want one," said Collins.

In a rare move, Fullilove allowed the public to sit at the table.

"Shelby County citizens must have Smart Meter opt-out information," said Trudy Stamps, Against Smart Meters.

Collins said customers cannot opt out if they have stolen power in the past or have an inaccessible meter.

"We don't think people should be punished over past behavior like that," said Against Smart Meters advocate Yvonne Burton.

MLGW union leaders say customers are being told they will pay a fee for using meter readers instead of smart meters, but Collins claims that is not true. Although, he emphasized that some opt-outs would make it easier for people to steal power. Fullilove became increasingly irate.

I don't know why you're sitting here trying to deceive and bamboozle the people," said Fullilove.

She delayed discussion two weeks and stormed out of the meeting.

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