NAC Action Alert
WISCONSIN ASSEMBLY BILL 574

February 8, 2004

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                     NATURIST ACTION COMMITTEE
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DATE   : February 8, 2004
SUBJECT: Wisconsin anti-nudity legislation
TO     : All Naturists

Dear Naturist,

The Naturist Action Committee is asking for your immediate action on a very threatening anti-nudity bill in the Wisconsin legislature.

Assembly Bill 574 is scheduled to be considered a second time by the Tourism Committee of the Wisconsin Assembly. NAC is asking you to attend the committee meeting, which is scheduled for February 10, 2004, at 10:30 AM at the state capitol in Madison.

ASSEMBLY BILL 574

AB 574 was introduced by Rep. Daniel LeMahieu (R-Oostburg). It seeks to outlaw nudity on all land that is owned, managed, supervised, or controlled by any state agency. The bill targets Mazo Beach specifically.

WHAT IS NAC DOING?

Upon the introduction of the bill, the Naturist Action Committee immediately retained a professional legislative lobbyist to assist its efforts. Although they don't interface directly with the lobbyist as NAC does, the American Association for Nude Recreation and the Midwest Sunbathing Association have each graciously agreed to pay a portion of the lobbyist's fee. NAC expresses its thanks to AANR and MSA for their help in this important matter.

NAC continues working vigorously and on multiple fronts to defeat AB 574. With the essential participation of local allies like Friends of Mazo Beach, NAC coordinated an impressive opposition to the bill in a public hearing before the Assembly's Tourism Committee on October 28, 2003. Three Naturist Action Committee board members and a NAC Area Representative took part in that public hearing.

WHO SUPPORTS AB 574?

As evidenced by those who spoke at the October public hearing, the primary support for this anti-nudity bill comes from followers of Ralph Ovadal, a self-annointed pastor and leader of a group he calls Wisconsin Christians United (WCU). Ovadal's group occasionally pickets the parking lot and road at Mazo Beach.

In addition to freshman lawmaker LeMahieu, support in the state legislature comes from Sen. Tom Reynolds (R-West Allis). Sen. Reynolds, Senate sponsor of AB 574, was one of the handful of participants in WCU's recent "Conference on Homo-Fascism" in Milwaukee.

WHO OPPOSES THE BILL?

A broad coalition has formed in opposition to AB 574. In addition to naturists and nudists, civil libertarians, local residents and others oppose the bill as being "inappropriate" and "meddlesome."

In two letters sent to state lawmakers, the Mazomanie Town Council has strongly opposed AB 574.

SECOND HEARING SCHEDULED

The Assembly's Tourism Committee will have a second session to consider AB 574, among other bills. The committee meeting is open to the public and is scheduled for the North Hearing Room of the Capitol at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, February 10, 2004. The State Capitol Building is located in the center of downtown Madison, on the Capitol Square.

NAC IS ASKING YOU TO TAKE ACTION!

The Naturist Action Committee encourages naturists and concerned citizens to attend the meeting. The public will not be invited to speak, but your presence at the committee meeting will send a strong message. An up-or-down vote on AB 574 may take place at this committee session.

Please plan to attend, especially if you are a Wisconsin resident or a user of Mazo Beach. Meet with NAC coordinators in the hallway outside the hearing room at approximately 10:00 AM. If you have questions, please contact Nicky Hoffman by e-mail: nickyh@naturistsociety.com.

MORE INFORMATION

For additional information, go the the web site of the Naturist Action Committee:

  www.naturistsociety.com/NAC

  Select "Alerts," click on "View Current," and then Select Wisconsin AB 574 to view this NAC Action Alert. Links will take you to additional information, including the complete text of the proposed law.


HELP NAC CONTINUE TO HELP NATURISTS!

Legislative lobbyists are expensive. NAC relies on the generosity of voluntary donors to fund its defense of naturism. Won't you please take a moment to help NAC by sending a generous contribution?

Donors who send $20 or more receive 12 monthly issues of The Newsletter as a token of our appreciation. There's no better way to keep current on issues of importance to naturists.

You may send your donation to the address below, or you may call toll free (800) 886-7230 to donate by phone using your MasterCard or Visa.

  NAC
  PO Box 132
  Oshkosh, WI 54903
 

Thank you for choosing to make a difference!

Naturally,

Nicky Hoffman
Board Member
Naturist Action Committee

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Naturist Action Committee (NAC) - PO Box 132, Oshkosh, WI 54903
Executive Dir. Bob Morton      - <ctnudists@aol.com>
Board Member Nicky Hoffman     - <nickyh@naturistsociety.com>
Online Rep. Dennis Kirkpatrick - <naturist@sunclad.com>
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