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June 29, 2007

Pennsylvania “Landowner Liability Protection Act” Heading to Governor!

House Bill 13, the “Landowner Liability Protection Act,” is headed to the desk of Governor Edward Rendell (D) after passing the Senate 50-0. HB13 will give added protection to a land owner who either directly or indirectly invites or permits any person to use his property for recreational purposes. The land owner would not incur liability for any injury to persons or property caused while hunting. Please contact the Governor’s office TODAY at (717) 787-2500 and politely urge him to sign this vital piece of legislation.
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June 29, 2007

Oregon Emergency Powers Provision Heads to Governor’s Desk!

House Bill 2370, a Homeland Security-related bill containing an amendment prohibiting any government agency from confiscating or regulating the lawful sale, possession, transfer, transport and carry of firearms during a state of emergency, passed the Oregon Legislature and is now headed to the desk of Governor Ted Kulongoski (D) for his expected signature.
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June 29, 2007

“Castle Doctrine” Bill Introduced in the Buckeye State!

Legislation has been introduced in Ohio that would restore the most basic of fundamental rights: self-defense. State Senator Steve Buehrer (R-1) and State Representative Lynn Wachtmann (R- 75) have introduced Senate Bill 184 and House Bill 264, a package that restores the right of individuals to respond in force in defense of their lives and family without fear of civil lawsuits by criminals injured or killed while attacking law-abiding victims. Please contact your State Senator at (614) 466-4900 and your State Representative at (614) 466-3357 and respectfully urge him or her to support SB 184 and HB 264.
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June 29, 2007

Nebraska: Alliance City Council Attacks Right-to-Carry!

On Thursday, June 21, the Alliance City Council passed Ordinance #2571, a measure to ban Right-to-Carry in the Municipal Building Complex, the Fire Station, the Alliance Learning Center, and the Utility Facility. There is still time to defeat Ordinance #2571. It will be discussed again at the next City Council meeting at 7:00 pm on Thursday, July 5 in the School Administration Building at 1604 Sweetwater Ave. Please contact the members of the Alliance City Council at (308) 762-5400 to respectfully urge them to vote NO on Ordinance #2571.
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June 29, 2007

Delaware Governor Signs Two Vital Pro-Gun Bills!

Thanks to the hard work and effort by our members, House Bill 175 and Senate Bill 93 were signed by Governor Ruth Minner (D) on Thursday, June 28. House Bill 175 would protect our Second Amendment rights by prohibiting any government agency from confiscating or regulating the lawful sale, possession, transfer, transport and carry of firearms during a state of emergency. Senate Bill 93 will allow hunters to hunt with a handgun instead of a shotgun during the regular shotgun season.
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June 29, 2007

Colorado: Hearing Scheduled for Ouray County Noise Ordinance!

A hearing has been scheduled for Monday, July 2 at 4:00 pm at the Ouray County 4-H Event Center located at 22739 Hwy. 550 in Ridgway to address Ordinance 07-02. The ordinance seeks to restrict noise levels to a maximum of 55 decibels (db) and 50 db at night (normal conversation is about 60 db). This ordinance would effectively ban anyone from target shooting on his or her own property, because they would exceed the decibel levels emanating beyond property boundaries. Please make plans to attend this hearing and voice your opposition to this attack on our Second Amendment rights. If you are unable to attend, please contact the members of the County Board of Commissioners at (970) 325-7320 and respectfully urge them to defeat Ordinance 07-02.
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June 28, 2007

Update on California AB821 (lead ammunition ban) and AB1471 (microstamping)!

On Tuesday, June 26 the Senate Natural Resources Committee passed Assembly Bill 821. AB 821 would ban the use of lead ammunition for hunting in various hunting zones around the state that incorporate condor range and require hunters to switch to non-lead substitutes. Also passing committee on Tuesday was Assembly Bill 1471 which would require that the make, model, and serial number be microstamped onto the interior surface or internal working parts of all handguns in such a manner that those identifiers are imprinted onto the cartridge case upon firing.
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June 27, 2007

Connecticut “Lost or Stolen” Firearms Bill Becomes Law

Unfortunately, the “lost or stolen” firearms bill is now law in Connecticut. Governor Jodi Rell (R) signed Senate Bill 938 into law on Tuesday, June 19 and will take effect October 1, 2007.SB 938 makes it a crime to fail to report the loss or theft of a handgun to police within 72 hours of when you “discovered or should have discovered” the firearm missing. This law will also trigger two more investigations to determine whether or not you “should have discovered” the missing handgun and whether or not you are a “gun trafficker.”
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June 26, 2007

Firearm Legislation at Arizona Governor’s Desk!

Senate Bill 1251 requires government entities in Arizona to comply with long-standing state statute that requires them to provide for temporary and secure storage of firearms when they prohibit citizens from possessing firearms in government operated public establishments or at public events. SB 1251, sponsored by State Senators Chuck Gray (R-19), Linda Gray (R-10), Karen Johnson (R-18), and State Representatives Rick Murphy (R-9) and Jerry Weiers (R-12) is currently awaiting Governor Janet Napolitano’s (D) consideration. Please contact Governor Napolitano and urge her to sign SB 1251. The Governor can be reached by calling 1-800-253-0883 or visit http://www.azgovernor.gov/ to send an email message.
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June 25, 2007

Texas Governor Signs Disabled Hunter Measure!

House Bill 308, sponsored by State Representative Edmund Kuempel (R-44), was recently signed into law by Governor Rick Perry (R). HB 308 allows legally blind hunters accompanied by a sighted partner to use projected laser sighting devices in order to hunt more effectively and safely.
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June 25, 2007

URGENT: Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee Scheduled to Vote on “Lost or Stolen” Legislation!

Please Contact the Members of the House Judiciary Committee TODAY!House Bill 29, Pennsylvania’s "Lost or Stolen Firearms” Legislation, introduced by State Representative Jewell Williams (D-197), could be voted on by the House Judiciary Committee as early as tomorrow, Tuesday, June 26. The proposal would make it a crime to fail to report the loss or theft of a firearm to police within 24 hours of discovering the firearm missing.
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June 22, 2007

Pennsylvania “Landowner Liability Protection Act” Awaiting Action on Senate Floor!

House Bill 13, the “Landowner Liability Protection Act,” is headed to the Senate floor and could be voted on any time this week. This bill would make certain that landowners who allow public hunting access without charging a fee incur no liability for property damage or personal injuries caused by hunters -- regardless of whether the damage occurs on or off the landowner's property. Please contact your State Senator TODAY at (717) 787-5920 and urge him or her to support this crucial piece of legislation.
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June 22, 2007

Important Public Forum on Nevada Right-to-Carry!

The Nevada Sheriffs’ and Chiefs’ Association (NSCA) will hold a public forum on the subject of Nevada’s right-to-carry system on Wednesday, July 11th from 1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m. in Carson City.An overview of Senate Bill 237, the right-to-carry reciprocity measure signed by Governor Gibbons, will be highlighted in the session, as well as general comments and questions on Nevada’s concealed carry permit system. In attendance will be members of the CCW Subcommittee for the NSCA, and a representative of the Department of Public Safety’s Criminal History Repository. Public comment is welcome and encouraged, so please take the time to attend this important forum.
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June 22, 2007

Oregon Governor Signs Youth Mentor Hunting Legislation!

In a move directed at protecting the future of Oregon’s rich hunting tradition, Governor Ted Kulongoski (D) signed Senate Bill 892, legislation establishing a program whereby a youth between the ages of nine and fourteen may hunt for big game with a mentor who is a licensed hunter and over 21 years of age. Thank you for all of your calls and emails in support of SB892. With out you, passage of this important bill would not have been possible.
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June 22, 2007

New York State Legislative Update

On Thursday, June 21, the New York State Assembly’s 2007 legislative session came to a close. NRA was able to make advancements and preserve the Second Amendment in the Empire State. However, the legislature failed to act on numerous pro-gun and pro-hunting measures. Though the legislature has recessed and is tentatively not scheduled to return for the remainder of the year, it is possible that they could come back to Albany as early as July to deal with "unfinished business." We will be sure to keep you posted of their comings and goings.
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June 22, 2007

Montana Governor Signs Budget Bill with Range Development & Improvement Monies Included!

The Montana legislature passed and Governor Brian Schweitzer signed legislation which includes $1 million for range development and improvements, This is the largest amount of money ever to be set aside for this purpose. Please call Governor Schweitzer and thank him for supporting Montana’s shooting.
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June 22, 2007

Hunting and Recreational Shooting Restrictions Proposed on BLM Land!

Hunting and recreational shooting is being targeted by the Bureau of Land Management in south central Colorado near Salida. If you hunt, target shoot, use motorized vehicles, hike and/or camp on these public lands, the proposal will affect you. It is important that BLM hear from you. The management plan and information on how to submit comments can be found at: http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/rgfo/travel_mgmt/arkansas_river_travel0.html
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June 19, 2007

California: Senator Simitian to Hold Public Meeting on Mandatory Spay or Neuter Bill!

Senator Joe Simitian will hold a public hearing in his district on Saturday, June 23 to hear from citizens regarding AB 1634, legislation requiring that all dogs be spayed or neutered unless owners acquire an "intact permit" from their local government. The Senator is a member of the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee that will be hearing this bill in the coming weeks.
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June 19, 2007

California Lead Ammunition Ban Scheduled for Hearing!

Assembly Bill 821 has been scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday, June 26. AB 821 would ban the use of lead ammunition for hunting in various hunting zones around the state that incorporate condor range. A lead ammunition ban will greatly affect our hunting heritage in California.
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June 19, 2007

Nevada Governor Signs Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Legislation!

Thank You for Your Hard Work and Support in Favor of SB237! On Friday, June 15, Governor Jim Gibbons (R) signed Senate Bill 237, sponsored by Senator John Lee (D-1) and Senator Warren Hardy (R-12). SB237 will allow Nevada to negotiate Right-to-Carry reciprocity agreements with states whose training standards match Nevada’s. SB237 will be effective Monday, October 1.Thank you to all NRA members who contacted their legislators in favor of SB237. Without your assistance, this victory would not have been possible.
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June 19, 2007

Virginia: Two Goochland County Panels to Consider Restrictions on Recreational Shooting!

Please Make Your Voice Heard! Tonight, Tuesday, June 19 at 5:30 p.m. the Goochland County Board of Zoning Appeals will hear an appeal by Orapax Farms, a 30-year old hunting preserve located on nearly 700 acres, which asserts that Orapax has a "by right" to use its property to operate a sporting clays facility in conjunction with its hunting preserve. This "by right" appeal is consistent with current zoning regulations, as well as with Orapax's prior use.
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June 15, 2007

West Virginia Strikes Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Agreements!

Attorney General Darrel McCraw (D) has entered West Virginia into Right-to-Carry reciprocity agreements with North Carolina, Ohio, Florida, and South Dakota. Currently, Kentucky and Virginia recognize permits issued in West Virginia.
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June 15, 2007

2007 Tennessee Legislative Round Up

With the 2007 session of the Tennessee Legislature coming to a close on Tuesday, June 12, two vital Right-to-Carry reform bills failed to reach the desk of Governor Phil Bredesen (D). However, thanks to your hard work, three monumental victories were achieved in the Volunteer State. Governor Bredesen signed House Bill 1907, “Castle Doctrine,” Senate Bill 1597, Emergency Powers, and House Bill 145 “No-Net-Loss” legislation, into law. We would like to thank all of the members that took the time to call their legislators in support of these important Second Amendment bills. Without you, these advances may not have been possible.
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June 15, 2007

Pennsylvania “Landowner Liability Protection Act” Scheduled for Senate Hearing!

House Bill 13, the “Landowner Liability Protection Act,” has been scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday, June 19 in the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee. This bill would make certain that landowners who allow public hunting access without charging a fee incur no liability for property damage or personal injuries caused by hunters -- regardless of whether the damage occurs on or off the landowner's property. Please contact the Senate Game and Fisheries members today and urge him or her to support this crucial piece of legislation. Contact information for committee members can be found by clicking here.
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June 15, 2007

Bill to Reorganize New Jersey Fish & Game Council Heads to Assembly Floor!

A3275, a bill that seeks to drastically change the membership of the Fish & Game Council from six sportsmen and three farmers who represent various geographical regions of the state to seven political appointees recommended by the Governor, is now heading to the full Assembly. The bill passed the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee by a 5-2 vote on Thursday, June 14. “Animal rights” extremists testifying in support of A3275 derided hunting as a “15th century” means to wildlife management and touted this legislation as a “21st century” tool for wildlife management. They also expressed their desire to rid the Fish & Game Council of anyone with a “hunter driven background.” Please contact your State Assembly member at (800) 792-8630 and respectfully urge him or her to vigorously oppose this anti-hunting legislation.
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June 15, 2007

New Jersey: Tabernacle Township Passes Discharge Ban!

The Tabernacle Township Committee adopted an ordinance prohibiting the use or discharge of firearms within 450 feet of an occupied building on someone else’s property, even where it is safe to do so, on Monday, June 11. Instead of hearing the proposal during a regular work session, they snuck the ordinance in during a work session. Please contact the members of the Tabernacle Township Committee at (609) 268-1220 and respectfully express your disappointment in the committee for passing this attack on our Second Amendment rights.
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June 15, 2007

Michigan: Please Voice Your Opposition to Potential Hunting Fee Increase!

Michigan currently ranks last in hunter retention in the country and if House Bill 4624 were to pass, this dubious distinction would only be solified. HB4624 seeks to double and triple hunting license fees over the next four years. Please attend two upcoming meetings of the Appropriations Natural Resources Committee and voice your opposition to this Draconian tax on our hunting tradition. Meetings have been scheduled for: Monday, June 18 at 6:00 p.m. in the Carl T. Johnson Center, 6093 E. M-115 Cadillac, MI 49601 and on Monday, June 25 at 4:00 p.m. in the St. Ignace Public Library, W. Spruce Street, St. Ignace, MI 49781. If you are unable to attend, please contact your State Representative at (517) 373-6339 and let him or her know that you oppose HB4624.
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June 15, 2007

Michigan “No-Net-Loss” Legislation Heading to Senate Floor!

House Bill 4597, “No-Net-Loss” legislation, is heading to the Senate floor for consideration. This bill will protect Michigan’s valuable hunting tradition by ensuring that today's total acreage of public hunting lands is not reduced. Please contact your State Senator at (517) 373-2400 and respectfully urge him or her to pass HB4597 to protect Michigan’s hunting heritage.
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June 15, 2007

Anti-Gun Threats Still Looming in Illinois Legislature

At the moment, it appears that the Illinois General Assembly is more concerned with budget issues than attacking our Second Amendment rights. However, that can change on a moment’s notice. The magazine ban bill, Senate Bill 1007, as well as House Bill 758, legislation requiring all private firearm transfers between law-abiding citizens with valid FOID cards, even among family members, to be processed through the State Police, are still alive. We will continue to monitor legislative activities in Springfield, so be prepared to answer the call to action if law-abiding gun owners again become targets during this session.
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June 15, 2007

Delaware Bill to Allow Handgun Hunting Heading to House Floor!

Senate Bill 93, legislation allowing hunters to hunt with a handgun instead of a shotgun during the regular shotgun season, is heading to the House floor for a vote on Tuesday, June 19. Please contact your State Representative at (302) 744-4087 and respectfully urge him or her to support SB 93.
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June 15, 2007

Delaware “Emergency Powers” Bill Referred Back to House!

House Bill 175 passed the State Senate on Thursday, June 14 and now heads back to the House for concurrence next week. This bill would protect our Second Amendment rights by prohibiting any government agency from confiscating or regulating the lawful sale, possession, transfer, transport and carry of firearms during a state of emergency. Please contact your State Representative at (302) 744-4087 and ask him or her to defend your Second Amendment rights by supporting HB 175.
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June 15, 2007

Colorado: Ouray County Commissioners Proposing Noise Ordinance That Will Ban Recreational Shooting!

An ordinance is being considered by the Ouray County Board of Commissioners that would restrict decibel (db) levels to approximately 55 db. With a normal conversation being about 60 db, the maximum allowed would be 55 db during the day, and 50 db at night. This ordinance would effectively ban anyone from target shooting on his or her own property because they would violate the decibel levels emanating beyond property boundaries. The hearing for Ordinance 07-01 and 07-02 is set for Monday, June 25 at 2:00 pm. It will be held at the Ouray County 4-H Event Center located at 22739 Hwy. 550 in Ridgway. Please make plans to attend this hearing and voice your opposition to this attack on our Second Amendment rights. If you are unable to attend, please contact the members of the County Board of Commissioners at (970) 325-7320 and respectfully urge them to defeat Ordinance 07-01 and 07-02.
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June 15, 2007

Senate Hearing Scheduled for California Microstamping Bill!

Assembly Bill 1471 has been scheduled for a committee hearing in the Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, June 26. Please contact the members of the Senate Public Safety Committee and respectfully urge them to oppose AB1471. Contact information for the committee can be found by clicking here. AB1471 would require that after a certain date, the make, model, and serial number be micro-stamped onto the interior surface or internal working parts of all handguns in such a manner that those identifiers are imprinted onto the cartridge case upon firing.
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June 15, 2007

Arizona: Help Clean Up the Ironwood Forest National Monument on Saturday, June 16!

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is organizing a clean up of about 25 shooting sites within Ironwood Forest National Monument on Saturday, June 16. The event is being coordinated with the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. Because of the heat, the event is scheduled to begin at 5 a.m. and end at 9 a.m.
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June 13, 2007

Indiana: Indianapolis-Marion County Soundly Defeats Discharge Ordinance!

On Monday, June 11, by a vote of 16-8, the Indianapolis Marion County City-County Council soundly defeated Proposal 174 – an ordinance that would have severely restricted the lawful discharge of firearms within the consolidated City-County. In taking this action, the Council has clearly listened to the will of its constituents. During the public comment period on Proposal 174, not a single person spoke in support of the measure. Rather, the Council heard appeals from hundreds upon hundreds of law-abiding gun owners, hunters and sportsmen, calling upon the Council to enforce existing laws instead of placing further restrictions on the residents of Indianapolis-Marion County.
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June 13, 2007

O’Fallon Withdraws Proposed Annexation of Busch Wildlife Conservation Area!

On Monday, June 11, the City of O’Fallon officially withdrew its proposal to annex the nearly 7,000-acre August A. Busch Memorial Wildlife Conservation Area – a move that would have been necessary for the city to achieve its intended goal of annexation of the Missouri Research Park. The controversy over the proposed annexation peaked while O’Fallon officials raced with their counterparts from nearby Weldon Spring to approve competing involuntary annexation proposals. These proposals are aimed at attracting corporate relocations to the Missouri Research Park area located in St. Charles County. Apparently, unlike O’Fallon, Weldon Spring could annex the Research Park without having to also annex the Busch Conservation Area.
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June 12, 2007

New Jersey Assembly Seeking to Alter Fish & Game Council!

On Thursday, June 14 the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee will hold a hearing on A3275. This bill seeks to drastically change the membership of the Fish & Game Council from six sportsmen and three farmers who represent various geographical regions of the state to seven political appointees recommended by the Governor. The current system has served New Jersey and its sportsmen well for over a half-century. There is no justification for this dramatic change of course.
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June 12, 2007

Proposed New Jersey Legislation Would Turn Crime Victims into Criminals!

Assemblyman Mims Hackett, Jr. (D-27) has proposed legislation, A541, which would require the owner of a firearm that is lost of stolen to report the incident to police within 72 hours upon discovering it is missing or face fines of up to $1,000. This outrageous legislation penalizes law-abiding gun owners for having their property lost or stolen. Of course, criminals will welcome A541 with open arms. Instead of focusing on real criminal activity, law enforcement will be required to devote resources to investigating law-abiding gun owners. A541 will turn victims into criminals without any regard to the cost of enforcement or finding people who are actually committing crimes.
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June 12, 2007

Gun Rationing Scheme Passes New Jersey Assembly!

Please Contact Your Assembly Member! On Monday, June 11 the New Jersey General Assembly passed A3511, legislation that will restrict law-abiding citizens from purchasing more than one handgun in a calendar month by a vote of 51-25 with 4 members choosing to abstain.
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June 11, 2007

New Jersey: Tabernacle Township To Discuss Discharge Ban

Tonight, June 11, the Tabernacle Township Committee is holding a work session and possibly a final vote on a proposed ordinance that will regulate the use of firearms on private property in the township. This measure will prohibit the use or discharge of firearms within 450 feet of an occupied building on someone else’s property, even where it is safe to do so. Please make plans to attend the Committee meeting tonight, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tabernacle Town Hall. If you are unable to attend, please contact the Committee at (609) 268-1220 and urge them to oppose this proposal.
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