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Re: E-M:/ Victims of SB 205



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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
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Perhaps it is time to take this entire issue to
referendum.....and let all of the politicians
run on their hog stink voting records....



At 04:37 PM 01/14/2000 -0800, you wrote:
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>Enviro-Mich message from anne.woiwode@sfsierra.sierraclub.org
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>  No doubt the Farm Bureau is getting a big chuckle out of this one.  North
>  Plains Township in Ionia County issued the following press release:
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>  "Due to the recent passage of Senate Bill 205 (which was signed by
>  Governor Engler on December 29, 1999) North Plains Township in Ionia
>  County is forced to dismiss its pending criminal misdemeanor prosecution
>  cases against two, large intensive livestock operations for allged
>  violations of a township ordinance.  SB 205 is legislation which was
>  pushed heavily by the Michigan Farm Bureau and the Michigan Chamber of
>  Commerce to take away local control and prevent Michigan township, cities
>  and villages from regulating farming and agriculture in general.  North
>  Plains Township Supervisor William Kruger stated that this is a sad day
>  for Michigan when local communities cannot regulate uses and activities of
>  local concern.  He also pointed out that many of the residents in North
>  Plains Township who complained about the waste practices of the two large
>  intensive livestock operations were farmers themselves.  Many municipal
>  officials around the State are pessimistic about the willingness of state
>  agencies and officials to regulate these huge industrial hog operations
>  since many believe that the State has turned a blind eye to outrageous
>  practices in the past.  Although the proponents of S.B. 205 have claimed
>  that the legislation was needed to protect farms of all sizes and not just
>  large intensive livestock operations, Supervisor Kruger beleives that the
>  legislation was designed to protect huge industrial-type hog operations
>  and he challenges state officials to produce examples of smaller
>  conventional farms being treated unfairly by Michigan townships.
>
>  -end-
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