HOT OFF THE PRESS - HB 187 is defeated!!
Breaking news -- The House of Representatives voted the Bill down today 34 – 41!!!!
The public did the unthinkable, sunk HB 187! A big thanks to everyone who wrote their Representatives, called, lobbied, informed, spoke out, went with out sleep, work, food and fishing to fight for something we believe in. Today the people spoke, and today the people were heard!
We are proud of each of you, residents and non-residents alike. Everyone played a big roll in this victory. We all came together with a unified voice…. fantastic work everyone! Wow, unbelievable.
Link to final vote -- http://le.utah.gov/~2009/status/hbillsta/hb0187s2.004h.txt
We have (2) more request.
1. Please write your Representative(s) and let them know how they did. We sent thousands of emails and they answered hundreds of our calls, we need to extend our hand and say thank you! They worked hard for us; let them know you appreciate it.
If you're rep voted "yes," it's perfectly fair to ask them for an explanation, particularly if they went against something they said previously. It’s Ok to call them on it so long as it's done respectfully. It's also good to point out anglers CAN and WILL work with landowners to find a permanent solution. We just need to be part of the process from the start. No more of this back-door, secret, "my way or the highway" stuff.
2. Please use our precious resource with respect, humility and pride. Pick up that trash, repair that broken fence, mend the relationships with landowners and respect private property. We will be looked at very closely this year, let make sure we show them we are Guardians of the water and Stewards of the land.
Thanks again everyone, it wasn’t easy and we appreciate your honest efforts. Well played.
See you on the water,