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Enviro-Mich message from Dave Dempsey <davemec@voyager.net>

Michigan citizens may finally have a chance to buy a habitat or clean water
license plate if bills endorsed by Secretary of State Candace Miller
yesterday are passed into law later this year.  That's great news!  But the
language of the clean water plate legislation must be analyzed before
passage.  Not a penny of the revenue raised by the plate should go to
support DEQ bureaucrats or programs.  The agency can't be trusted to spend
the money wisely, or not to use the money to replace existing funding.  The
money should be allocated primarily if not exclusively to community water
protection efforts

As of this morning, the state Legislature's web site does not show a bill
on this topic introduced by Rep. Lauren Hager, who was identified as the
sponsor by the Secretary of State.  But when it is introduced, it should be
carefully examined. P.S.:  DEQ killed a natural heritage license plate bill
in 1996 because it wanted to get the money for vaguely-worded water
pollution prevention purposes instead of DNR.

Dave Dempsey
Policy Director
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette, Suite 2A
Lansing, MI 48912
517-487-9541 (fax)

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