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July 15, 2003

Contents

  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Senate Bill 509 Update

  1. Upcoming Events

    July 15, 2003 - 7:00 PM
    Southwestern Michigan Liberty Council will hold the fourth in a series of six "Politics, Pizza and Pop" discussion meetings open to everyone. Chairman Bill Bradley of the Van Buren County Liberation Party will lead a discussion on the topic "Losing Our Rights and What We Can Do About It"
    Location: Berrien Springs, Wolf's Prairie, 102 West Ferry Street
    Contact: Bill Bradley Phone: (269) 637-4525 E-mail: bbradley@cybersol.com

    July 16, 2003
    Ann Arbor Art Fairs. July 16-19. LPWC staffs an information booth at the four-day outdoor festival. To volunteer please visit www.lpwash.org or contact Larry Johnson (734) 476-7817
    Location: Ann Arbor, Liberty Street
    Contact: Larry Johnson Phone: (734) 476-7817 E-mail: MichLibertarian@comcast.net

    July 17, 2003 - 7:00 PM
    Van Buren County Liberation Party regular meeting. We will be reviewing the results of the Southwest Michigan Liberty Coalition meetings and deciding on any additional changes we need to make. Visiters are welcome.
    Location: Bradley home, 746 Lee Street, South Haven
    Contact: Bill Bradley Phone: (269) 637-4525 E-mail: bbradley@cybersol.com

    July 22, 2003 - 7:00 PM
    Libertarian Discussion Group. Kalamazoo-St. Joseph Valley Libertarian Party (Branch, Calhoun, Kalamazoo and St. Joseph Counties). Open to the public.
    Location: Denny's Restaurant, 3817 E Cork, Kalamazoo, Sprinkle and Cork at I-94.
    Contact: Gerald Phillips Phone: (269) 382-0927 E-mail: gaphillips@jasnetworks.net

    July 23, 2003 - 7:00 PM
    SWLMC will hold the fifth in a series of six "Politics, Pizza and Pop" discussion meetings open to everyone. Chairman Bill Bradley of the Van Buren County Liberation Party will lead a discussion on the topic "Losing Our Rights and What We Can Do About It"
    Location: St. Joseph, Pizza Hut, 2049 Niles Road, St. Joseph
    Contact: Bill Bradley Phone: (269) 637-4525 E-mail: bbradley@cybersol.com

    July 24, 2003 - 7:30 PM
    Libertarian Party of Washtenaw County - Ann Arbor City Election Caucus and Planning Session.
    Location: Cubs' A.C. Restaurant, 1950 S. Industrial Highway, Ann Arbor.
    Contact: James Hudler Phone: (734) 475-9792 E-mail: aguli@provide.net

    July 31, 2003 - 7:00 PM
    The Southwest Michigan Liberty Council will hold the last in a series of six "Politics, Pizza and Pop" discussion meetings open to everyone. Chairman Bill Bradley of the Van Buren County Liberation Party will lead a discussion on the topic of "Losing Our Rights and What We Can Do About It." Additional meetings may be scheduled later if needed.
    Location: Lawrence: Van Buren Conference Center. 490 South Paw Paw Street, Lawrence
    Contact: Bill Bradley Phone: (269) 637-4525 E-mail: bbradley@cybersol.com

    August 4, 2003 - 7:00 PM
    Kalamazoo-St. Joseph Valley Libertarian Party Meeting. Branch, Calhoun, Kalamazoo and St. Joseph Counties. Open to the public.
    Location: T.G.I. Friday's Restaurant, 5650 W Main, Oshtemo at State Hwy 131 and W Main (Kalamazoo).
    Contact: Gerald Phillips Phone: (269) 382-0927 E-mail: gaphillips@jasnetworks.net

    August 10, 2003 - 1:00 PM
    Libertarian Party of Michigan Executive Committee Meeting. All dues-paying members are welcome.
    Location: Lansing area, locationa and time to be announced.
    Contact: Bill Gelineau Phone: (616) 897-0488 E-mail: chair@michiganlp.org

    August 14, 2003 - 7:00 PM
    Libertarian Party of West Michiganís monthly membership meeting,
    drinks and dinner at 6:30 PM, meeting begins at 7:00 PM
    Location: Club North (Banquet Room)1359 Plainfield Ave NE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49505
    Contact: Tom Horan Phone: (616) 887-2428 E-mail: tomh@lpwm.org

    More
    For more events, see the online calendar at:
    http://www.michiganlp.org/lpmonline/events.php

  2. Senate Bill 509 Update by Leonard Schwartz

    SpeakOutMichigan Influences Legislature - But Not Enough to Stop Senate Bill 509

    Senate Bill 509 creates a driver responsibility fee. It is a revenue bill disguised as a traffic safety bill.

    Here is a history of the Libertarian Party of Michigan attempt to defeat SB 509:

    Someone (not an LP member) from the National Motorists Association came to the Libertarian Party of Oakland County meeting on May 28 and asked for our support in defeating SB 509. I realized that this would be a good project for www.SpeakOutMichigan.org.

    SpeakOutMichigan is a special lobbying and outreach project sponsored by the Libertarian Party of Michigan as a public service. It provides an easy way to send e-mail to state legislators. LPM last used SpeakOutMichigan to help change Michigan's ballot access law in 2002.

    Legislative districts now have new boundaries. Greg Dirasian, who created SpeakOutMichigan and is its webmaster, adapted the software to the new boundaries. SpeakOutMichigan started its campaign against SB 509 on June 18.

    Unfortunately, the Democrats and Republicans put SB 509 on the fast track through the state legislature. SB 509 was introduced on May 21, approved by the Senate Transportation Committee on May 28, approved by the Senate on June 3, approved by the House Transportation Committee on June 26, and approved (as amended) by the House on July 2. The bill is now in a conference committee to resolve differences between the Senate and House versions.

    Although SpeakOutMichigan was unsuccessful in stopping SB 509, it did influence many representatives during the two weeks it was active. The Senate approved it unanimously. But the House approved it only by 64-45. This shows that lobbying can be effective.

    Many thanks to Greg Dirasian for updating the SpeakOutMichigan software and website.

    Many thanks to everyone who lobbied against SB 509 and asked their friends to lobby against it.

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