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Enviro-Mich message from asagady@sojourn.com
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I'm posting the following piece from Great Lakes
United because of its mention in the second item of Congressman
Jim Barcia's cosponsorship of bad "takings"
legislation in Congress.  Fred Upton is also a co-sponsor...

At one time, Barcia used to be a good enviro legislator
when he was in the Michigan House, but he seems to
have gone over to the DARK SIDE in recent years.   

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Date: Thu, 2 Oct 1997 12:54:58 -0700 (PDT)
From: Great Lakes United <glu@igc.org>
To: asagady@sojourn.com
Subject: Great Lakes Habitat Watch #83
Return-Path: glu@igc.org

GREAT LAKES UNITED
Great Lakes Habitat Watch #83
Week of September 22, 1997

INTERIOR SECRETARY SUPPORTS WEAKENED ENDANGERED SPECIES
ACT:  This week U.S. Department of the Interior
Secretary, Bruce Babbitt indicated his support for a
weak Endangered Species Act reauthorization bill
proposed in the U.S. Senate.  The bill, S. 1180,
introduced by Senators Kempthorne, Chafee, Baucus, and
Reid, would weaken scientific considerations in the


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U.S. "TAKINGS" BILLS RAM-RODDED THROUGH CONGRESS: 
Companion "property rights" bills are on the fast track
in both the U.S. House and Senate.  Both bills would
allow developers to initiate federal court cases
against municipalities as well as state and federal
permitting agencies before remedy processes have been
exhausted.  According to Glenn Sugameli, counsel for
the National Wildlife Federation, by literally turning
local zoning disputes into federal cases, the bills
would usurp local authority and undermine a wide
variety of local, state, and federal protections for
people, neighboring property, and the environment.  The
House bill, H.R. 1534 -- "Private Property Rights
Implementation Act of 1997" --  introduced by Rep.
Gallegy (R-CA), already has a majority 222 cosponsors. 
The Senate companion, S. 1204, was just introduced by
Sen. Coverdell (R-GA) with 13 cosponsors.  Sugameli
indicated that despite opposition from groups including
the International Municipal Lawyers Association, the
U.S. Conference of Mayors and 37 state attorneys
general, the bills are moving forward with an intense
push from the National Association of Home Builders. 
Key contacts include Sens. Dewine (OH), Durbin (IL) and
Specter (PA); and Reps. Oberstar (MN), Upton and Barcia
(MI), Weldon, Holden and Murtha (PA), Gilman (NY),
Porter (IL), and Traficant (OH) in the Great Lakes
states.  See above for how to contact representatives
on-line.  Contact Glenn Sugameli at (202) 797-6865 or
Stephan Kline of  the Alliance for Justice at (202)
822-6070.

Next week: CANADIAN ECOFORESTRY FORUM and MORE BAD
SENATE NEWS

GL Habitat Watch is produced by GLU's Biodiversity and
Habitat Protection Task Force. The task force is
committed to protecting natural areas, resources and
strong conservation laws in the face of "wise use"
efforts.   Please send stories to Andy Frank via phone:
(716) 886-0142; fax: (716) 886-0303; or e-mail:
glu@igc.org.



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