State Senator Tupac Hunter adds hardship to poor families
Hunter also supported legislation to allow 20-year state takeover of Detroit
By Agnes Hitchcock 313-873-1513
Sept. 29, 2014
I am personally experiencing the negative repercussion of legislation introduced by Tupac Hunter (Primary Sponsor) and other regional legislators. This legislation holds a property owner liable for utilities used by any occupants (tenants, squatters, freeloaders) when DTE loosely uses the term “utility theft.” This practice destroys lives without an explosion. Not only does it destroy lives, it also further destroys the housing stock in the city of Detroit. DTE is at the point of calling unpaid bills utility theft.
Attached is my complaint to the Michigan Public Service Commission. I further intend to forward a complaint to Attorney General for the State of Michigan, the United States Department of Justice, the ACLU and any other individual or entity I find associated with the legislation I believe it is fundamentally wrong to deny an individual a basic necessity to life: particularly to make a profit for DTE.
DTE, Public Act 128 and Senate Bill 1310 are telling me:
Once DTE alleges Utility Theft
As a property owner I am liable for the unpaid bill USED BY ANYONE AT THE ADDRESS once DTE used the term “utility theft.”
DTE has a right to deny future service at the address for anyone.
DTE can transfer a bill to another account and threaten or carryout shut off because of an unpaid bill at a different property.
DTE can charge additional fees and tariffs.
DTE can charge a property for installation of additional utility facilities (Whatever that means.)
DTE loosely defines unpaid bills as utility theft.
Further details will be provided to anyone interested. You or someone you know may be the next one impacted by this legislation. If you know of anyone else caught in this situation, please forward the information to me.
A fund raiser/awareness event is being planned for the payment of this ransom. Further details will follow.
Attached: Public Act 128/Senate Bill 1310 July 2010
Prayer was offered by Tupac Hunter when this bill passed into law.