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Posted on behalf of Tom Anderson <std@savedunes.org>

Gang:   The following is from National Wildlife Federation.  Senator
Coats and ESPECIALLY Senator Lugar may be key in defeating this horrible
proposal that has already passed the House.  Thanks for your help.

Tom Anderson

Please contact your Senators TODAY (Capitol Switchboard 202-224-3121),
and ask them to oppose the takings bill, H.R. 1534, which was passed by
the House of Representatives and then was approved by the Senate
Judiciary Committee under its House number as 'The Citizens Access to
Justice Act of 1998.'  The Senate Judiciary Committee report on the bill
has just been filed and staff for Chairman Hatch (R-UT) and Senate
Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) said that H.R. 1534 will come to the
Floor Friday July 10th or next week.

We need to flood all Senate offices with calls but special targets are:
Lott, Campbell, Faircloth, Domenici, Gregg, Snowe, Collins, Jeffords,
Abraham, DeWine, Smith, Specter, D'Amato, Reid, Landieu, Dorgan, and

The National Association of Home Builders, which drafted the bill, has
launched a radio ad campaign to back up its massive PAC contributions to
federal candidates.  Senators need to hear from you and your local
elected officials now.

Strongly urge: (1) that Senators vote against ending a planned
filibuster and vote against the pending takings/property rights bill;
and (2) especially for Republican members-- urge that they join Sen.
Chafee (R-RI) and others in asking Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott
(R-MS) not to bring the bill to the Senate Floor.

        The proposed manager's amendment to H.R. 1534 does not address
the fundamental problems with this unworkable bill, which is the first
federal 'property rights' bill to target local zoning and planning.
Congress should not be considering a federal bill that would allow
developers to bypass state courts, curtail the process for local
resolution of land use and zoning disputes, and file premature and
expensive cases against towns, counties and cities in federal court.

        H.R. 1534 threatens many current town, city and county land use
and zoning processes that safeguard people and property.

Because H.R. 1534 is strongly opposed by virtually all state and local
government organizations, every Senator may be receptive to grassroots
arguments that the bill should not be brought to the Floor.  Please tell
me of any oral or written feedback.

I am appending a sample letter and the National Wildlife Federation*s
latest action alert on the bill for more information.

Glenn Sugameli
Senior Counsel
National Wildlife Federation
1400 16th Street, N.W., Suite 501
Washington, D.C. 20036-2266
FAX 202-797-6646