Fire up your phones!
Please CALL and EMAIL your representative tonight and throughout the morning and let them know that you, and your fellow constituents want to VOTE NO on (HB 4391 S-1). Vote YES on (HB 4391 H-1), the original bill as passed Senate Appropriations Committee. This will be a vote up on the floor tomorrow morning, so please act quickly. Here are a few key talking points and issues of concern MACD / Districts and all MAEAP supporters should have.
- 1. We strongly support the original bill as passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee ( Vote YES on (HB 4391 H-1). A document crafted with care and widespread support of over 25 diverse organizations, interests and stakeholders.
- 2. Substitute Bill and use of additional funds: In the original bill there is much flexibility of how to target extra revenue including: education and outreach, cost shares to target small and medium sized producers etc. The substitution bill eliminates flexibility and designates the revenue in two detrimental ways. First, all designated revenue will be used for a specified purpose, and second it creates a new ‘board’ to make determinations on the use of said revenue. (see talking pt. 3)
- 3. The substitute bill will create an additional ‘Board’. The current MAEAP Advisory Council is a large and diverse mix of organizations, individuals and viewpoints. It includes a mix of producers, small and large, wildlife, industry, and environmental leaders. Under the substitute bill, a new board will be created and given oversight over funds mentioned in section 2. This new board does not encompass or include the established board.
To recap, please make as much noise as you can with the following message:
- Vote NO on (HB 4391 S-1)
- Vote YES on (HB 4391 H-1)