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E-M:/ ALERT:SPECIAL LEG. HEARINGS ON NON-COMPLIANCE W/ WITH GAAMPS



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Enviro-Mich message from anne.woiwode@sfsierra.sierraclub.org
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 Enviro-Mich folks
 
 Notice has just come this week about a series of hearings being held by a 
 subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee to "Examine Non-Compliance 
 of Farmers with Generally Accepted Agriculture Management Practices 
 (GAAMPS)", the first of which is SCHEDULED TOMORROW, THURSDAY FEB 3, 2 
 P.M. IN ROOM 308 OF THE HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING IN LANSING.
 
 This committee was spawned by the outrage from many people expressed at 
 hearings last year about SB 205 and the gross failings of the MDA to 
 adequately police the voluntary compliance of farm operations with 
 voluntary standards.  It is not clear how they are intending to work, 
 especially with all of their meetings at 2 p.m. on weekdays.  Anyone 
 interested in finding out more should contact Representative Larry 
 Julian's office at 517-373-0841 since he is chairing the subcommittee.  
 Other committee members are: DeVuyst, DeRossett, Sheltrown, and Hansen.  
 
 OTHER HEARING DATES AND LOCATIONS:
 
 MONDAY, FEB. 7, NEW LOTHROP, VFW HALL (no street address), 2 p.m.
 
 FRIDAY, FEB. 18, HARRISON, MID-MICHIGAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, MICHIGAN ROOM, 
 2 P.M.
 
 MONDAY, FEB. 28, MONROE, MONROE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, CAFETERIA, 2 P.M.
 
 THURSDAY, MARCH 16, LANSING, HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING
 
 I would hope that those unable to attend can submit written testimony, and 
 that there is going to be plenty of time for the participants to speak at 
 these hearings!
 
 Anne Woiwode



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