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SG-W:/ Bad News from the Senate/House Conference Committee

Regarding S.B. 364, the DEQ budget bill, which had an amendment that
required DEQ to consider the impacts of that agency's spending on land
use--a very historic consideration, bad news from the Conference Committee
last night.

Despite the courageous efforts of Rep. Bill Byl, sponsor of an amendment to
the bill requiring DEQ to consider the effects of its grants, loans, and
technical assistance programs on urban sprawl, that language will not appear
in the final version of the bill.  The adamant opposition of Sen. Loren
Bennett forced its removal.

Another opportunity squandered.  More later...