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E-M:/ NEWS RELEASE: MUCC launches online petition to expand Bottle Bill, schedules legislative day for Thursday in Lansing



For Immediate Release

Contact:    Dennis Muchmore, MUCC Executive Director (517) 346-6455

                Donna Stine, MUCC Deputy Director for Policy (517) 346-6487

                Dave Nyberg, MUCC Resource Policy Specialist (517) 346-6462

MUCC LAUNCHES ONLINE PETITION TO EXPAND BOTTLE BILL

Signatures to be presented at grassroots push in Lansing on Thursday

LANSING—The Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) today announced an online petition to expand the state's 32-year-old Bottle Bill to include water and other non-carbonated beverage containers.  The effort was started to allow all of Michigan citizen's the opportunity to inform the legislature of the broad public support for the measure.  The petition will also supplement a grassroots legislative day slated for Thursday, June 26 in Lansing.

            "MUCC and Michigan residents need to step up to the plate as one united voice on this issue," said MUCC Executive Director Dennis Muchmore.

            According to MUCC poll data, 76 percent of Michigan voters support expanding the state's famous bottle law – outside data shows this support above 80 percent.  However, Muchmore said that the legislature must hear Michigan's demand for this measure beyond poll data with an old-fashioned grassroots push. 

            "Last week we got the legislature's attention but now it's time to act," Muchmore said.  "MUCC is calling on the 80 percent majority of Michigan voters who support improving Michigan's Bottle Bill to take a small step in making their voice heard, whether its signing this petition, attending our legislative day, or contacting their state legislators." 

            Michigan residents may visit http://www.mucc.org/policy/bottlebillexpansion.php to sign the petition and access other valuable information on the Bottle Bill expansion, including a sample letter to the editor, background facts, and more information on the legislative day on June 26.  Facebook and MySpace users are also encouraged to join MUCC's "Support a Bigger, Better Bottle Bill for Michigan!" groups that will provide real-time updates on the initiative's progress.

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Media Note:  For Background Information and more details, go to www.mucc.org. 


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David Nyberg
Resource Policy Specialist
Michigan United Conservation Clubs
2101 Wood Street
Lansing, MI 48912
517-346-6462
www.mucc.org

MUCC has been Michigan's first voice for Michigan's out-of-doors since 1937. MUCC clubs and members strive to Unite Citizens to Conserve, Protect, and Enhance Michigan's Natural Resources and Outdoor Heritage.