NAC Action Alert
Vermont Legislation

March 27, 2009

Resources

  • Introductory Text of H.154 PDF FORMAT
    This is what is initially available, but by custom, it does not reflect the complete text of the bill (which may not actually exist yet).
     

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DATE: March 27, 2009
SUBJECT: Vermont Legislation
TO: All Naturists

Dear Naturist,

This is an Action Alert from the Naturist Action Committee regarding a proposed new law currently under committee review in the Vermont legislature.

BRIEF HISTORY AND DISCUSSION
At the request of a former constituent, Vermont State Representative John Rodgers (D-Glover) has introduced a bill entitled "Prohibiting Public Nudity on Public Lands." The bill was introduced in the House of Representatives on February 4, and it has been designated "H.154." It has been referred to the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs, where it remains at this time.

WHAT IS NAC DOING?
NAC has been following this legislation closely since its introduction, and NAC is working with lawmakers and local grassroots activists to monitor it and assure that it does not become law.
 
WHAT IS NAC ASKING YOU TO DO?
The Naturist Action Committee is asking you to take action. NAC requests that you send a letter, fax or email to each member of the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs, expressing your opposition to this bill.

WHO SHOULD WRITE OR CALL?
NAC encourages all naturists, regardless of your state of residence, to make your voices heard in this important situation. Of course, the participation of Vermonters and New Englanders is vital. You may write or call. If you are unable to contact all members of the committee, at least make sure that you contact the Committee's Chair, Representative Helen Head.

Vermont's economy relies heavily on tourism, and its lawmakers understand the importance of out-of-state visitors who come to enjoy the state's lakes, rivers and streams. Especially if you live outside of Vermont, it is imperative that you mention your preference for visiting Vermont's clothing-optional swimming areas.

WHOM TO CONTACT
Send a letter, a fax or an e-mail, or make a phone call to members of the Vermont House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs. Committee members share the same street address, phone number and fax number at their state capital offices in Montpelier. Alternatively, you may choose to contact the lawmaker's district office.

     Rep.(Representative's Name)
     State House
     115 State Street
     Montpelier, VT 05633
     TEL (802) 828-2247
     FAX (802) 828-2424
    

     Rep. Helen Head, Chair
     EMAIL
hhead@leg.state.vt.us

     DISTRICT OFFICE
     65 East Terr.
     South Burlington, VT 05403
     (802) 862-2267


     Rep. Joseph Baker, Vice Chair
     EMAIL
jbaker@leg.state.vt.us

     DISTRICT OFFICE
     1479 Whipple Hollow Road
     West Rutland, VT 05777
     (802) 438-9819

     Rep. John Moran, Ranking Member
     EMAIL
jmoran@leg.state.vt.us

     DISTRICT OFFICE
     58 Hi-Hopes Rd.,
     Wardsboro, VT 05355
     (802) 896-9408

     Rep. Kesha K. Ram, Clerk
     EMAIL
kram@leg.state.vt.us

     DISTRICT OFFICE
     31 N. Prospect St.
     Burlington, VT 05401
     (802) 881-4433

     Rep. William F. Johnson
     EMAIL -none-

     DISTRICT OFFICE
     3603 Rte. 102
     Canaan, VT 05903
     (802) 277-8329

     Rep. Brian K. Savage
     EMAIL
bsavage@leg.state.vt.us

     DISTRICT OFFICE
     P.O. Box 232
     Swanton, VT 05488
     (802) 782-9314
     (802) 868-3566

     Rep. Robert South
     EMAIL
rsouth@leg.state.vt.us

     DISTRICT OFFICE
     P.O. Box 206
     St. Johnsbury Ctr., VT 05863-0206
     (802) 748-0873
     (802) 748-5111

     Rep. Tom Stevens
     EMAIL
tstevens@leg.state.vt.us

     DISTRICT OFFICE
     12 Winooski St.
     Waterbury, VT 05676
     (802) 244-4164
 

NAC encourages you to send copies of your faxes and paper mail to:
NAC, P.O. Box 132, Oshkosh, WI 54903. Send copies of your e-mails to:
vermont@naturistaction.org .

When you write or call:

   a) Be polite. You have a right to be outraged at the proposed law, but you will achieve nothing positive by name-calling or rudeness.

   b) Be known. Give your name and address. If you are a Vermont resident or a frequent visitor to Vermont, point that out.

   c) Be focused. Keep your call or your correspondence brief and on target.

   d) Be clear. Say that you OPPOSE H.154.

   e) Be prepared. If you call, The lawmaker may not be available, and you may find yourself able to speak only to a legislative aide. That's okay. The aide is trained to take your comment and relay it to the legislator.

Additional talking / writing points:
   a) Vermont is known for valuing the personal freedom of its residents and visitors. House Bill 154 would restrict the personal liberty of every individual and prohibit the Vermont tradition of skinny-dipping and sunbathing, regardless of traditional and benign circumstances.

   b) A public opinion poll (the 2006 NEF/Roper Poll, commissioned by the Naturist Education Foundation and conducted by the independent Roper polling organization) shows that 25% of Americans have skinny-dipped in mixed company.

   c) In that same poll, an impressive 74 percent of Americans believe that people who enjoy nude sunbathing should be able to do so without interference as long as they do so at a beach that is accepted for that purpose.

MORE INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

Additional information and links are available, along with this NAC Action Alert on the web site of the Naturist Action Committee.

http://www.naturistaction.org

Select "Alerts" and find this NAC Action Alert under Current Alerts.

PLEASE HELP NAC TO CONTINUE HELPING NATURISTS!

The Naturist Action Committee is a volunteer nonprofit organization that exists to advance and protect the rights of naturists throughout North America. Identifying and fighting bad local lawmaking is necessary, but it's expensive. To do its job, NAC relies entirely on the voluntary generosity of supporters like you. To donate to NAC, use the address below:

     NAC
     PO Box 132
     Oshkosh, WI 54903

Or call toll free (800) 886-7230 to donate by phone using your MasterCard, Visa or Discover Card. Or use your credit card to make a convenient online donation:
http://www.naturistaction.org/donate/

Thank you for choosing to make a difference.

Naturally,

Virginia Schnee
Board Member
Naturist Action Committee

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