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Old 07-16-2003, 06:33 PM
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Oregon river access issue still needs your assistance!!!

You can help. SB293 has been nearly killed, but big business and the Senator(s) in their pocket have created another, nearly identical bill - SB928...

Huge public outcry from river users resulted in Legislators getting so many e-mails, calls and letters about SB 293 that, when called, they would say "Oh, THAT BILL, nobody wants to touch it."

Now Sen Ferrioli has introduced a virtually identical bill, SB 928, and is trying to pass it unnoticed simply with a different bill number.

If you, like me, think this is a blatant disregard for the thousands of citizens who, in good faith, went out of their way to participate in the legislative process and expressed their displeasure with a piece of legislation, then take these two simple steps:
1) call your state senator http://www.leg.state.or.us/findlegsltr/findset.htm and,

2) forward this e-mail to people on your e-mail list.

If SB 928 passes, here's what you stand to lose: access up to the high water mark on the majority of Oregon rivers, and navigability studies that were opening up river access to recreational users will be halted.

They will try to tell you this bill is just about the John Day River, but it's not. If this pilot project is "successful," it will be expanded to rivers all over our state. Read the bill; see if you think it is just the John Day. Here's a link to a PDF of the bill: http://pub.das.state.or.us/LEG_BILLS/PDFs/SB928.pdf

For more information go to: http://www.defeat-sb293.org/ or click on the banner!

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Old 07-16-2003, 07:58 PM
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Gus is on the mark. If ever there were legislation ..

that goes against you this SOB is at the top of the list.

This is one you've got to read; if 'they' pull this one off in Oregon, and make it stick, you (whereever your are) are dead meat ... assuming you don't mind confining your fishing to public parks.

:eyecrazy:

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Old 07-16-2003, 09:23 PM
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How to Help?

How can we help from outside Oregon, as I happen to live in Washington?
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Good question!

E mail Gus (or Gus you should put info on the board) for particulars. This one is just as bad as it sounds.
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Old 07-17-2003, 09:42 AM
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Many people from outside the state have sent emails to all of the Senators and the Governor indicating that the rivers in Oregon and access to them are primary reasons for vacationing in Oregon - the watersports toursit trade here is big business.

that is the take I'd use. Also, the sponsoring senator has tried to discredit the opposition by saying we're just a bunch of disgruntled fishermen.

So for me, I'm a disgruntled Oregonian, a disgruntled Father and Husband, and a disgruntled management employee who comes in to contact with roughly 6,000 employees in Oregon annually, and has no problem being outspoken about his views.

-Gus
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