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<div><br>Senate Bill 147 (<a style="color:blue;text-decoration:underline" shape="rect" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001efzAhHko4tGaiKECVVgXSp1BemXPQga92W743rAXeX7UZ5gDnNL8ZuIupmTAOPCePgaVkeoElqWojJa8-c_UAnFeiDmo_oqB_yexCDw9SZBQH80z9ramqJMRJJ5icne08pyN9hktcsA=" target="_blank">more information</a>) has officially been referred to the <b>House Local Government Committee. The hearing is this <i><span style="text-decoration:underline">Thursday, March 14th, at 3 PM</span></i> in Rm 172 of the Capitol Building.</b><div>


<span> <br>This bill revises existing state subdivision review law by limiting what local governments may consider when reviewing subdivision proposals. Instead of considering the impacts of a proposed subdivision on "agriculture" the new bill would require</span>
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consideration <span>of subdivision only on "adjacent agricultural operations." If approved, th</span><span>is bill will have serious consequences for the future of agriculture. </span></div><div><span style="font-size:12pt"></span> <span style="font-size:12pt"><br>


The House Local Government Committee hearing will be our best</span><span style="font-size:12pt"> bet of k</span><span style="font-size:12pt">il</span><span style="font-size:12pt">li</span><span style="font-size:12pt">ng this bill so the time to act is <b>NOW!</b> Please consider testifying at the hearing if you can, and if not please make a call to committee members, especially if you live in their district<b>. </b>To find your representative by zip code <a style="color:blue;text-decoration:underline" shape="rect" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001efzAhHko4tGNsujesMsDwj26ccHYfq2seMHTwBFlHnuFZUcH_nakNOf0z1vTAOBoWpg5Wev1GlK3395dJxogsRDXPm7zu5LQtL9GWWnHUUo=" target="_blank">CLICK HERE</a> or use this interactive <a style="color:blue;text-decoration:underline" shape="rect" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001efzAhHko4tEO_5HLnwD-vbcbJRPKG5ozZccvjgkZJJaP9FEupOVPeH9B0xwK11X3gYV15FgcuyLSBKSWlaTDiZT0tPMUuZBPwlQVqlh2Fsb4JnkCBmdKcAYXdv54ri3k68ZFv_3Xucs=" target="_blank">MAP</a>.</span><b><br>


<br>Please call the House Local Government Committee members near you today and send an email to the full committee, asking them to VOTE NO on SB 147!<br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline"><i>House Local Government Committee</i></span>:<br>


<br></b>Liz Bangerter (R - Helena, HD 80) - 442-6071<br>Steve Fitzpatrick (R - Great Falls, HD 20) - 727-0826<br>Kathy Swanson (D - Anaconda, HD 86) - 563-5312<br>Tom Berry (R - Roundup, HD 45) - 698-3940<br>Clarena Brockie (D - Harlem, HD 32) - 390-1164<br>


Amanda Curtis (D - Butte, HD 76) - 782-4149<br>Roger Hagan (R - Great Falls, HD 19) - 459-0773<br>Pat Ingraham (R - Thompson Falls, HD 13) - 827-4652<br>Steve Lavin (R - Kalispell, HD 8) - 212-3820<br>Mary McNally (D - Billings, HD 49) - 671-1376<br>


Jonathan McNiven (R - Huntley, HD 44) - 672-5941<br>David (Doc) Moore (R - Missoula, HD 91) - 239-3499<br>Jerry O'Neill (R - Columbia Falls, HD 3) - 892-7602<br>Casey Schreiner (D - Great Falls, HD 22) - 565-0372<br>

Nicholas Schwaderer (R - Superior, HD 14) - 493-7835)<br>
Tom Steenberg (D - Missoula, HD 95) - 926-2071<br>Nancy Wilson (D - Missoula, HD 97) - 531-6994<br>Daniel Zolnikov (R - BIllings, HD 47) - 861-5210<br><br>You may also <a style="color:blue;text-decoration:underline" shape="rect" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001efzAhHko4tGlfRrBWNi0_BS589rjgsTZCWsT40IYBhunM41qhs1Q7M2wdQZvr5JT-1H0JasqFNEEJvFvqBEb6cfbpsLyZw_GlO6fL20_rtyUkAisplP-hTBrMiR3X3RNHWYLK5DoSNFnvr440oxCWAmTIkS5H1DepSlU-6xk9G0=" target="_blank">e-mail the full committee</a> with one message. <br>


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<div><span style="font-size:12pt"><br>Please remind your representatives that:</span></div>
<ul><li>Agriculture is Montana's primary industry, providing jobs and supporting businesses throughout our state. If we stop considering agricultural lands when making decisions about subdivision development, we will lose our best soils and we can't have farms and ranches without the land.  </li>


<li>Right now, counties can consider a subdivision's impact on agriculture, but SB 147 attacks agriculture by limiting that requirement to only the adjacent ag operations. That means that if you live two parcels away, your voice doesn't count or if you do voice your concern you are pitted against your neighbor.</li>


<li>Many landowners rely on their ability to develop their land for their retirement. Their fellow farmers and ranchers should not be barred from the local discussion about a future subdivision that may directly affect them. </li>


<li><span>This amendment contradicts the original intent of the subdivision and platting act, whose sponsor added agriculture to the review criteria "primarily because of the tragic intrusion on the agriculture land base of Montana."</span></li>


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<p style="margin-top:0px;margin-bottom:0px">It is critically important that House Committee members hear testimony from farmers, ranchers, realtors, developers and individuals directly impacted by this bill. </p>
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Please consider calling or writing to your representative, testifying or writing a letter to the editor! If you are interested in taking action or need assistance or more information don't hesitate to <a style="color:blue;text-decoration:underline" shape="rect" href="mailto:kascie.cfac@gmail.com" target="_blank">send me an e-mail</a>. <br>


<br>Best,<br>Kascie Herron<br><br>Ag Land Network of Montana<br><a style="color:blue;text-decoration:underline" shape="rect" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001efzAhHko4tGaiKECVVgXSp1BemXPQga92W743rAXeX7UZ5gDnNL8ZuIupmTAOPCePgaVkeoElqWojJa8-c_UAnFeiDmo_oqB_yexCDw9SZBQH80z9ramqJMRJJ5icne08pyN9hktcsA=" target="_blank">www.missoulacfac.org/aglandnetwork.html</a></span></div>



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