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E-M:/ Tell State Reps -- DON'T DARE ELIMINATE LOCAL CONTROL



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Enviro-Mich message from anne.woiwode@sfsierra.sierraclub.org
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TELL YOUR STATE REPS NO WAY ON SB 205 AND HB 4777 -- LOCAL CONTROL OVER
FACTORY FARMS IS NON-NEGOTIABLE!!!!

Friends:

First, thanks to GLIN for getting Enviro-Mich back up and running, and I look
forward to getting E-M: messages again!

Thanks also to Conan Smith for putting out the message about SB 205, the
amendments to the Right to Farm Act that seek to exempt all ag activities from
any local zoning regulations.  This issue is absolutely appalling,
particularly because Michigan already has what is almost certainly the worst
Right to Farm Act in the country.  This will clinch the title for sure, as the
proponents of this bill would evidently roll out the manure carpet for the
flooded out hog factories in North Carolina to move their operations here,
where the political climate if not the actual climate makes this the country's
real "hog heaven."

Since this unbelievable bill is moving faster than a greased pig through the
legislature, it is CRITICAL for any one who thinks hog hotels shouldn't be       
allowed to be built next to hospitals, or shopping centers, or in the middle
of subdivisions, to CONTACT YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE IMMEDIATELY and tell him
or her to STOP THIS MADNESS and OPPOSE THE PREEMPTION OF LOCAL CONTROL OVER
ANY AND ALL AGRICULTURAL ACTIVITIES. SB 205 will go next to the House of
Representatives, and HB 4777, its companion bill, seems poised to be pushed as
well.

The real pity is that for a while now it looked like the Farm Bureau and the
rest of big agriculture in Michigan had begun to realize that we all need to
work together to preserve agriculture in Michigan, through a variety of
measures to take the tax burdens off family farms, and provide ways to address
both the problems of the inner cities and the farmers through vastly improved
land use legislation.  

The decision to cram this outrageous bill down the throats of the public, on a
fast and exceedingly narrow track, sends a clear signal that these folks don't
give a hoot about anything other than total, unfettered control over building
the biggest animal factories without any regulations whatsoever in our state.
And you can bet that these legislative votes will be what fill the reelection
coffers, while as soon as the "election year" begins in earnest every one of
the folks who voted to stick it to local communities will try to be greener
than an MSU freshman wearing nothing but shorts and paint at the game in East
Lansing this Saturday.

Anne Woiwode
Sierra Club



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