NAC Update
WISCONSIN ASSEMBLY BILL 574

October 29, 2003

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DATE   : October 29, 2003
SUBJECT: Wisconsin Assembly Bill 574
TO     : All Naturists

Dear Naturist,

The Wisconsin Assembly's Committee on Tourism held a public hearing yesterday on Wisconsin Assembly Bill 574. AB 574 is legislation that would prohibit nudity on all Wisconsin public land owned, managed, supervised, or controlled by a state agency.

The committee took no action on the legislation.


THE HEARING SESSION

The hearing session began shortly after the scheduled 10:30 a.m. starting time. Several bills were to be considered by the committee, and AB 574 was last on the agenda.

Rep. Daniel LeMahieu (R-Oostburg), sponsor of AB 574, spoke first. LeMahieu's public position is that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has no business allowing a clothing-optional beach on public land.

Speaking for informational purposes only, DNR spokespersons outlined personnel assignments and costs associated with Mazo Beach, the clothing-optional beach on the Wisconsin River that's at the focus of the matter. A spokesperson from the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board (LWSRB) also spoke for informational purposes. Though asked by LaMahieu, DNR and LWSRB refused to take a position in support of the bill.

Ten people spoke in favor of the bill. Most of those were associated with nudity foe Ralph Ovadal and the group calling itself Wisconsin Christians United. Eleven others registered as supporting the bill, but did not speak.

Eight spoke against the bill, including private citizens and those representing The Naturist Society, the Naturist Action Committee, Friends of Mazo Beach, and the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) and Midwest Sunbathing Association (MSA). Eleven additional naturists and others attended the hearing and registered their opposition to the bill.

The committee met nonstop throughout the day and adjourned after 4 p.m.


NO VOTE TAKEN

The committee took no action on the legislation, and none is presently scheduled.


WHAT IS NAC DOING?

The Naturist Action Committee has retained the services of an experienced professional legislative lobbyist. AANR and MSA have each committed to share in funding the expense of the lobbyist.


WHAT HAPPENS NOW?

In a NAC Action Alert issued on October 15 and a NAC Update on October 23, the Naturist Action Committee had asked naturists to contact lawmakers who are members of the Tourism Committee. Your response was terrific and NAC thanks you!

The appropriate period of time for making those contacts is now finished for this particular phase of the effort. NAC is NOT asking for you to make contact with lawmakers at this time, but those contacts may once again become necessary at some future time.

Please look for NAC Action Alerts, Advisories and Updates on this issue.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Additional information about AB 574 is available on the web site of the Naturist Action Committee: www.naturistsociety.com/NAC.

NAC also recommends that you become a subscriber to the monthly Newsletter. Donors who contribute $20 or more to NAC are entitled to a 12-issue subscription as token of NAC's appreciation.


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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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