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Re: E-M:/ GOOD news for once

Enviro-Mich message from anne.woiwode@sfsierra.sierraclub.org


The answer is YES, there has been much more than murmurings about this.  Rep.
Brater noted that among those who approached her after the hearing last week
on SB 205 in the House Committee were several local township officials who
self-described as conservative Republicans, who were livid about the way their
party was handling this issue.  There is a startled reaction from Democrats
who find they are now the defenders of local control while the former party of
local control is voting as an undifferentiated block to take away control. HB
4777 is an even more startling harbinger of the role reversal, since it would
take away local control over a large array of issues.  Grassroots Republicans
seem to be fighting with the Republicans in Lansing, who seem to be taking
marching orders from the Farm Bureau and the Mich. Dept. of Ag on this issue.

Anne Woiwode


Since you have been following SB-205 closely, perhaps you can tell us
whether there have been any murmurings about the incongruity of the
Republicans--long the opponents of big government--opting for state or
federal control over local issues? 

Thom Peterson
Grand Rapids

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