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E-M:/ ACTION ALERT--HELP SCENIC AMERICA FIGHT BAD BILLBOARD LEGISLATION



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Enviro-Mich message from "Abby Dart" <info@scenicmichigan.org>
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We need your help to stop bad billboard legislation!

Scenic Michigan and Scenic America are working hard to remove the Bennett
Amendment (S.AMDT.3805) from H.R. 4939 which is currently be debated in
Congress.

HERE'S THE ISSUE:

The amendment, originally sponsored by Sen. Robert Bennett would gut the
Highway Beautification Act by permitting states affected by hurricanes to
opt out of the key provision of the law that says that "nonconforming"
billboards must remain down if they are destroyed by an Act of God.

Other than outright purchase, the only legal means for removing a
nonconforming billboard along a federal-aid highway is to wait for it to
fall down from lack of maintenance or be destroyed by a sotrm.  The
elimination of the storm destruction provision effectively removes any hope
that the thousands of old, nonconforming billboards littering rural highways
will ever be removed!

SCENIC AMERICA NEEDS YOUR HELP!  PLEASE GO TO THE SCENIC AMERICA WEBSITE AT
WWW.SCENIC.ORG AND TAKE ACTION!  ALL THE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS OF
CONGRESS AND TALKING POINTS ARE ON THE WEBSITE.  PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO
E-MAIL, CALL OR WRITE YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS AND SENATOR AND TELL THEM TO
REMOVE THE AMENDMENT FROM H.R.4949.

Thank you in advance for your help in stopping the proliferation of
billboards and protecting our American landscape.



Please note new e-mail address for Scenic Michigan:info@scenicmichigan.org
Abby Dart
Scenic Michigan
445 E. Mitchell St.
Petoskey, MI 49770
231-347-1171
231-347-1185 (fax)
231-881-6266 (cell)
website: www.scenicmichigan.org


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