PLEASE CROSSPOST. ... Sent: Tuesday, April 27, 2004 6:59 PM Subject: Wednesday Vote on HB 633 - Act Now! HB 633 SCHEDULED FOR A FLOOR VOTE ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL
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, Apr 27, 2004
----- Original Message ----- From: Save the Manatee Club
Sent: Tuesday, April 27, 2004 6:59 PM
Subject: Wednesday Vote on HB 633 - Act Now!
HB 633 SCHEDULED FOR A FLOOR VOTE ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28 LAST CHANCE TO STOP THIS BAD LEGISLATION!
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
BOTH FLORIDA AND NON-FLORIDA RESIDENTS: PLEASE ACT NOW!
Please contact Florida's Representatives and urge them to VOTE NO on HB 633.
Please tell them you are counting on them to vote down this bad legislation. Urge them to read between the lies that describe these amendments to the Manatee Sanctuary Act as beneficial to manatees. Tell them you support scientific studies but NOT if they are a Trojan horse to prevent manatees from being recovered from endangered status.
For your convenience we have put all 120 Representatives' e-mail addresses into 10 links so you can send them all quickly and easily. Please go to the following web site: http://www.savethemanatee.org/taHB633.htm and click on the links at the top of the page that say "Send an e-mail to Florida House members."
If you are able, please also call the Representatives. We have included their individual names and phone numbers at the web page to make such contacts even more effective.
MORE ABOUT THE ISSUE:
Buoyed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and other powerful go-fast boating groups, this bill is being forced down Representatives' throats with a sugar coating describing it as a list of studies to protect manatees.
HB 633 (and SB 540) CONTAINS LANGUAGE THAT PUTS STATE LAW IN CONFLICT WITH FEDERAL LAW. IT DOES THIS BY FORCING LIMITATIONS ON THE STATE'S AUTHORITY TO PROTECT MANATEES BEFORE MANATEES CAN BE RECOVERED FROM ENDANGERED STATUS.
HB 633 (and SB 540) contains language that makes the MISSION of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to MAXIMIZE RECREATIONAL BOATING whenever it attempts to protect manatees. THIS IS AN IMPOSSIBLE MISSION AND JEOPARDIZES ALL OF THE STATE'S EXISTING AND FUTURE RULES TO PROTECT MANATEES.
Thank you again for your continued diligence in fighting for the manatees against these powerful special interests. It is only with your help that we have a chance to succeed against such heavily funded adversaries.
For information on manatees or the Adopt-A-Manatee program, visit the Save the Manatee Club website at http://www.savethemanatee.org.
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