Sorry for being so late in emailing--- I have been recuperating from our excursion to LR last Wednesday! It was quite exciting and a learning experience. HB 1394 was voted down by the committee and the other 6 bills were sent to interim study, which means that they will be looked at again another day.
If you have a chance, you might email Senator Webb and Representatives Lenderman, Leding and Pierce, thanking them for their efforts. We need as many "with us" as possible, and they stuck their necks out. We met for about an hour after the committee hearing at the AR Public Policy Panel offices to discuss our next strategies. For a very good piece of reporting on the natural gas legislation, listen to Jacqueline Frolich's interview of Bill Kopsky (AR Public Policy Panel) athttp://kuaf.org/ozarksatlarge.
I will fill you in on all the juicy details of the march on LR at our next meeting, which is Thursday, March 31st, 6:30 pm, at myhouse. We will be having carrot cake (special request, Doug Strubel's birthday)!! First come, first serve!!
At 7 am on Wed. morning, hundreds and/or, thousands of people who will meet at Murray Park in Little Rock, or somewhere along the River Trail pedestrian route, and walk or bike our asses in masses to the State Capitol to be there by 10 am for the house committee hearing. It is a distance of 4.7 miles, and is walkable in 2 hours.
Please help spread the word.. fwd to everyone you know statewide, and
join us on Wed. If you can't make the march, please meet us at the State Capitol between 9 and 10 am. The House Committee on Agriculture will be holding hearings on Wed. (Room 138) and will consider proposed legislation to better protect property owners and strengthen regulations of fracked gas well operations throughout the state. If these bills do not pass through this committee, they are dead.