Senator John Gleason, (D-Flushing- District 27) had asked Back Country Horsemen of Michigan – Pigeon River and Beyond, to organize a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday evening, May 27th. The meeting was held at Enchanted Acres Farm in Swartz Creek. The following is from the President of Pigeon River & Beyond, Back Country Horsemen:
Once again, a big thank you to all those who took the time to attend this town hall meeting by request of Senator John Gleason. Despite the threatening weather and with very short notice, 223 people were in attendance hoping to be able to learn more about our "Right to Ride" bill, HB 4610 / SB 578 and to be able to voice their concerns. We feel that our momentum is building and we urge everyone to continue to contact your state reps. and senators for their support in this key legislation.
One of the key issues that needs to be addressed as we move forward is the so-called threat of federal funding being lost, placing Michigan in diversion (I personally feel that this is a last ditch effort by the DNR to try to defeat this bill.) ....We now have Senator Stabenow working with Congressman Camp and other legislators addressing the Regional Director of Fish and Game to get to the heart of the matter. This advice was given to me by an officer of the Wyoming Back Country Horsemen who was a former employee of the US Fish and Game. With the mounting attacks by MUCC and other groups being urged not to support this bill we are asking for all our people to please stand tall and stay positive and not let the intimidation cloud our focus.
As soon as we get word of the date for the Senate hearing on this we will send out another Action Alert.....this could be as soon as next week---again, your appearance in Lansing will be needed to help make a difference...Just another hurdle-one leap at a time!
Working together we 'CAN' make a difference!
A hardy thank you also goes to the Lebbin's-Jeff and Rhonda for offering their facilities to us for this event!
223 citizens attended the town hall meeting.
Town hall meeting held at Enchanted Acres Farm.
Senator John Gleason