LAST CALL! – OPPORTUNITY FOR RAW MILK ADVOCATES – NC LEGISLATORS ARE
LISTENING UNTIL 4 PM FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2011
NORTH CAROLINA RAW MILK ACTION ALERT
>From Ruth Ann Foster, firstname.lastname@example.org
Greensboro NC Weston A. Price Chapter Leader and Raw Milk Coordinator
April 25, 2011
Last Thursday, the NC General Assembly’s Joint Regulatory Reform Committee held its final public hearing in Raleigh. These hearings were a means for the committee to listen to public concerns on rules and regulations that may be out dated or obstructing economic growth. From the two sessions I attended, the majority of speakers voiced concerns over environmental protection and urged the committee to uphold the current rules and regulations.
In the Greensboro hearing, I voiced my concern that NC farmers are losing business to surrounding states where raw milk is legally sold for human consumption asking that it be legalized here. In Raleigh, WAPF members Kathy Davis (a farmer) and Kevin Gordon (a consumer) each presented their two-minute argument with the same request. Of the 144 speakers in Raleigh, only one other mentioned obtaining legal access to raw milk in NC.
ACTIONS TO TAKE
>From these sessions we have gained the ears of a few legislators! Although the hearings have ended, the committee is still accepting written comment until 4 pm Friday, April 29, 2011. Please take a moment to submit a comment. The comments may be brief but make sure to:
Mention the economic benefit to farmers. Make your request clear and to the point – don’t forget the “ask”! Thank them for the opportunity to hear your request.
The more comments we have will increase our chances of moving forward. If you have already submitted comments, thank you! Let’s continue to get the message to our legislators and make the legal sale of raw milk for human consumption a reality in North Carolina!
EMAIL YOUR COMMENTS
Here is the link to post your comments – http://www.ncleg.net/Applications/RFC/?id=3
Visit their web site for additional information – www.ncleg.net/regreform
CONTACT MEMBERS DIRECTLY
Here is a list of committee members. Please contact those in your district as legislators value hearing from their constituents!
Sen. Harry Brown, Co-Chair (919) 715-3034 Harry.Brown@ncleg.net
Sen. David Rouzer, Co-Chair (919) 733-5748 David.Rouzer@ncleg.net
Sen. Debbie A. Clary (919) 715-3038 Debbie.Clary@ncleg.net
Sen. Daniel G. Clodfelter (919) 715-8331 Daniel.Clodfelter@ncleg.net
Sen. Don East (919) 733-5743 Don.East@ncleg.net
Sen. Rick Gunn (919) 301-1446 Rick.Gunn@ncleg.net
Sen. Brent Jackson (919) 733-5705 Brent.Jackson@ncleg.net
Sen. Clark Jenkins (919) 715-3040 Clark.Jenkins@ncleg.net
Sen. Michael P. Walters (919) 733-5651 Michael.Walters@ncleg.net
Rep. Marilyn Avila, Co-Chair 919-733-5530 Marilyn.Avila@ncleg.net
Rep. Pat McElraft, Co-Chair 919-733-6275 Pat.McElraft@ncleg.net
Rep. William Brawley 919-733-5800 Bill.Brawley@ncleg.net
Rep. William D. Brisson 919-733-5772 William.Brisson@ncleg.net
Rep. James W. Crawford, Jr. 919-733-5824 Jim.Crawford@ncleg.net
Rep. Chuck McGrady 919-733-5956 Chuck.McGrady@ncleg.net
Rep. Bill Owens 919-733-0010 Bill.Owens@ncleg.net
Rep. Joe P. Tolson 919-715-3024 Joe.Tolson@ncleg.net
Rep. Roger West 919-733-5859 Roger.West@ncleg.net