Privatization of water

Senate Bill Number: 
163

Senate Bill 163 would make the purchase and privatization of what are now public water systems easier for corporations by changing the way pubic systems are valued.

SB 163 is a part of a national strategy by national for-profit water utilities to gain control of public water systems.

Here's a powerpoint by Michigan State University professor that breaks down the basis for the legislation: http://ipu.msu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Beecher-Fair-Value-Water-2019.pptx.pdf

Bill Sponsor(s): 
Sens. Jared Carpenter, Paul Hornback

SB 163 was approved by thre Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee on February 20 (see how committee members voted). The bill has lingered in the Senate floor and has not yet been brought up for a vote.

KFTC's Position: 
KFTC Opposes