The California Legislature's Committee hearing on the No-Fee Resolution (AJR 21) has been postponed until April 18th. It remains extremely important that groups and organizations continue to send in "Support Letters" as outlined below. The deadline on submitting Support Letters to Assemblyman Portantino's office is now April 10th. All letters from groups/organizations must be on letterhead. If your organization has not weighed in on public land access fees now is the time to do so.
Robert Funkhouser, President
Western Slope No-Fee Coalition
WESTERN SLOPE NO-FEE COALITION
P.O. Box 403, Norwood, CO 81423
CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE TO CONSIDER RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE REPEAL OF FLREA FOREST FEES.
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED
A resolution was introduced in the California Assembly in mid-March, AJR 21, which urges Congress to repeal the public lands access fee law, the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA).
AJR 21 (which stands for Assembly Joint Resolution), authored by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-Pasadena), will come before the Assembly’s Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee on April 10th. Then it will go to the Assembly floor for a vote.
The text of AJR 21 is at http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/07-08/bill/asm/ab_0001-0050/ajr_21_bill_20070314_introduced.html
Similar resolutions have been passed by legislatures in Idaho, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, New Hampshire and by the Alaska House of Representatives. Together, these resolutions show our legislators in Washington DC how unpopular the FLREA is – and help move them to repeal it soon. (The House Resources Committee in DC has a list of topics in its website that they will be addressing, and it includes the FLREA.)
California’s Assembly and Senate have in fact already passed (unanimously) a resolution against the FLREA’s predecessor, the Recreation Fee Demo Program, back in 1998. The current resolution, AJR 21, will, when passed, reiterate the California legislature’s opposition to access fees on public lands managed by the US Forest Service, the BLM, the US Fish & Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Reclamation.
WE NEED YOU AND MANY OTHERS TO DO THREE THINGS:
First- It is most important to have your organization send a “Support Letter” to the Committee via the Resolutions Author Assemblyman Portantino. The Support Letters should have some kind of letterhead, briefly explain the purpose of your organization, state that your organization supports AJR 21 and give a brief outline why.
These letters must be received no later than the afternoon of April 2nd to be considered by Committee. Your letter stays with the resolution and helps support AJR 21 all the way through the process.
Individuals are also strongly encouraged to send Support Letters.
You can send your Support Letters via e-mail to: Diane.Shelton@asm.ca.gov
Or fax them to: 916-319-2144
Next- Make phone calls to your Assemblyman or Assemblywoman right away to demonstrate support for AJR 21 and to urge the Committee, and the Assembly as a whole, to support it. Encourage them to cosponsor AJR 21. Briefly explain why. The link below will take you to a map, where you can click on your home area and be directed to your Assembly member’s website and contact information. http://www.legislature.ca.gov/legislators_and_districts/districts/assemblydistricts.html
Lastly-Please call and email as many as you can, through mid April, of the Assembly members who sit on the Committee for Water, Parks and Wildlife. They will be the first to decide on AJR 21. The Committee members are:
Lois Wolk, Chair (D), (916) 319-2008
Bill Maze, Vice Chair (R), (916) 319-2034
Joel Anderson (R), (916) 319-2077
Tom Berryhill (R), (916) 319-2025
Anna M. Caballero (D), (916) 319-2028
Charles M. Calderon (D), (916) 319-2058
Jared Huffman (D), (916) 319-2006
Doug La Malfa (R), (916) 319-2002
Ted W. Lieu (D), (916) 319-2053
Gene Mullin (D), (916) 319-2019
Pedro Nava (D), (916) 319-2035
Nicole Parra (D), (916) 319-2030
Mary Salas (D), (916) 319-2079
SAMPLE PHONE MESSAGE TO COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
You can keep it brief. Remember, unlike Congress in DC, which is responsible for the unpopular FLREA, these Assembly members are just being asked to support a resolution against it.
“My name is (…). I’m calling from (City and/or County). Please support AJR 21 when it comes before the Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee.”
SAMPLE PHONE MESSAGE TO YOUR ASSEMBLYMEMBER
“My name is (…). I’m calling from (City). Please coauthor AJR 21, the resolution opposing access fees on federal public lands in California. I visit the (Los Padres/Angeles/etc.) National Forest to (hike, hunt, ride my horse, mountain bike, etc.) and I oppose fees for access to undeveloped areas. Thank you.”
Please forward this email to your lists. We need legislators all around California to support AJR 21 and to vote for it when it comes before them.
Thank you for your efforts. Together we can put an end to Forest Fees and the FLREA!
For more information:
Robert Funkhouser, 802/235-2299, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kitty Benzar, 970/259-4616, email@example.com