1188 update – call your Senators!
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1188 update – call your Senators!

Dear Outfitters & Friends:   (2/1710) Congrats to you all – for your hard work in helping pass HB 1188 River Outfitters Viability Act  out of the Colorado State House of Representatives on Tuesday Feb 16 with a 40-25 vote margin!  1188 now heads over to the Colorado State Senate. Legislative process still to go: HB 1188 heads over the Senate chamber where it will be assigned to a Senate committee  and if it passes through committee, we then go to Senate floor for debate and 2nd reading vote and then 3rd & final vote.  It'll then be assigned to a conference committee if there's differing amendments between the House and Senate. reconfirmed in both Chambers and then it will head downstairs to the Governor's office for his signature to adopt it as law. We still have a ways to go …. but we're making progress.. please keep the calls and emails going. Please take a moment and make some quick phone calls to the key Senators. Ask them to vote YES on HB 1188.   Some new Senators  to contact are listed below. Please  distribute this request for action to your *lists*  & databases- staff, customers, friends and family. Consider adding your own personal message to them… about your involvement, why you care and your need for their help and action right now. Join our facebook group and ask your customers and friends to join too!  fun !  and a great way to get out the info: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=271683806236&ref=ts Our future to run Colorado rivers hang in a balance. ————————————————————————————————————————————– HELP KEEP COLORADO RIVER'S OPEN FOR BUSINESS & FUN,   YES on House Bill 1188, River Outfitters Viability Act Please Call/contact these key Senators below in support of HB 1188 ! ( even if you are not in their district it's OK to contact them… we need to leave them lots of messages! ) Please ASK them to vote YES on HB 1188 :  (phone calls into legislators is the  #1 priority)  [ if you have additional time send them a quick follow-up email ] Key Senators: Senator Ken Kester                   303-866-4877         electkenkester@hotmail.com               ( Baca, Bent, Crowley, Custer, Fremont, Huerfano, Las Animas Otero, Pueblo counties) Senator Greg Brophy       303-866-6360                 greg@gregbrophy.net        ( Cheyenne,Elbert, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips Prowers,Sedgwick, Washington, Yuma counties) Senator Mark.Scheffel    303-866-4869        mark.scheffel.senate@state.co.us       (Douglas,El Paso, Lake, Park,Teller Counties) Senator Shawn Mitchell       303-866-4876    shawnmitch@aol.com     (Adams, Broomfield, Weld counties) ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Sample Phone script (and email)  to legislator/s: HI this is ____________ .   (identify yourself, private boater, business owner, or that you're employed by ____ business, river enthusiast) I would like to ask you to vote  Yes  on House Bill 1188 the Colorado River Outfitters Viability Act. THIS legislation is crucial to keeping  Colorado’s Rivers open for business and fun.  I hope we can count on your vote for the future of river recreation in Colorado. River running is an important sector of the tourism and outdoor recreation industry. (Add a personal note about your perspective, business and why this is good for Colorado's economic future and or your local community) Thank you _____ (leave ur name and #) —— Background: Commercial river running contributed $142 million to Colorado’s economy last year and more than 500,000 people enjoyed our scenic rivers. Yet, the ability to provide commercial river running is under threat because out-of-state developers want to prohibit licensed river outfitters from providing trips on historically rafted rivers. The 2010 River Outfitters Viability Act protects Colorado’s tourism industry by clarifying the rights of commercial guides to operate on Colorado’s historically run rivers. HB 1188 passed 40-25 out of the  Colorado State House of  Representatives on Tuesday Feb 16, It now heads over to the Colorado State Senate, Call today! We need your help to keep Colorado's river's open for business for more information and background please visit: www.croa.org under membership Additional action info at http://www.adventureoffice.com/Bill1188.aspx — Monica Piergrossi Western Voices Public Affairs & Media monica.westernvoices@gmail.com 970-417-8007

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