ACTION ALERT! BEAR BUTTE ~ URGENT! ACTION NEEDED BY THIS WEEKEND!


mari - Posted on 29 January 2011

ACTION ALERT! BEAR BUTTE ~ URGENT! ACTION NEEDED BY THIS WEEKEND!

I apologize for the little action time we have with this issue. I just found out about it last night. This Bill was just presented this week and it is already on the agenda for this coming Monday! They are attempting to sweep this Bill through before we knew what was happening.

This Bill would be devastating to the Protect Bear Butte efforts and allowing us to continue to oppose liquor license renewals for locations encroaching upon Bear Butte.

PLEASE, we need EVERYONE to send the letter below to each of the referenced individuals ASAP! Preferably by tomorrow (Friday), or least by Sunday morning. We need to give these Representatives time to receive their emails!

Your support for the Protect Bear Butte efforts is GREATLY APPRECIATED!

For additional information regarding Bear Butte efforts, please visit our website at www.protectbearbutte.com or contact Tamra Brennan, founder of Protect Sacred Sites at Tamra@protectsacredsites.org .

Here is information regarding the proposed Bill:

Regarding: house Bill 1119 – FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to revise the procedure for reissuing certain alcoholic beverage licenses.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Section 1. That § 35-2-1.2 be amended to read as follows:
35-2-1.2. Any application for a new retail license, except as set forth in § 35-2-1.1, or the transfer of an existing license shall be submitted to the governing board of the municipality within which the applicant intends to operate, or if outside the corporate limits of a municipality, to the board of county commissioners of the county in which the applicant seeks to operate. The application shall be accompanied by the required fee. The governing board may approve or disapprove the application for a new retail license or the transfer of an existing license depending on whether the governing board deems the applicant a suitable person to hold the license and whether the governing board considers the proposed location suitable.

Any application for the reissuance of a retail license shall be approved by the municipal or county governing board without a hearing unless in the past year the licensee or one or more of the licensee's employees have been subjected to a criminal penalty for violation of the alcoholic beverage control law or the license has been suspended.

Please copy, paste and send the following opposition letter below to each of the referenced individuals listed below:

Dear South Dakota State Legislators, Senators and Governor Daugaard,

On Monday January 31, 2011 you will vote on House Bill 1119. This Bill revises the State of South Dakota’s liquor license renewals, eliminating the hearing process unless a violation has occurred with said licensee.

House Bill 1119, directly violates the public’s constitutional right to oppose any liquor license renewals. The general public, voters, local residents and concerned citizens have
the right to voice their opinions in the decision making process for renewals. To deny us violates our rights as United States citizens and our First Amendment right of Freedom of Speech.

Public opposition provides an opportunity to submit detrimental information on any applicant, in which the County may not be aware of said information. This could include possible violations, arrests, character issues or not a suitable location concerns.

I would like to bring to your attention the issue within Meade County of liquor license renewals. For the past six years local residents, concerned citizens, local organizations and Tribal Nations have expressed concerns regarding the issuance, renewals and transfers of liquor licenses for locations near Bear Butte, a sacred site to the Plains Tribes located six miles East of Sturgis, South Dakota. These locations include, but are not limited to the following locations; Glencoe, Broken Spoke Campground, Buffalo Chip, Full Throttle, Monkey Rock, Free Spirit Campground in addition to several other campgrounds located along Highway 79 adjacent to Bear Butte.

Over the past six years, information provided to the Meade County Commissioners, opposing certain liquor license renewals, has resulted in the denial of some licenses. Without the opportunity to oppose, these licenses would have been erroneously renewed.

I am writing to you today to ask you to uphold our constitutional rights as voters and US Citizens, and please DENY House Bill 1119 revising the liquor license renewal process.

Sincerely,
YOUR FULL LEGAL NAME GOES HERE
PLEASE DO NOT USE SCREEN NAMES

To: South Dakota State Legislators – House Commerce and Energy Committee
Contact Us Website:
http://legis.state.sd.us/email/LegislatorEmail.aspx?MemberID=148

Conzet, Kristin Vice
Deelstra, Bob
Fargen, Mitch
Greenfield, Brock
Hawley, Spencer
Hubbel, Lora
Jensen, Phil
Jones, Tom
Kirschman, Patrick
Miller, Patty
Novstrup, David
Olsen, Betty
Solum, Roger
Willadsen, Mark

Please also include the following State Legislators. These are the Representatives on Tribal Lands and also Rep’s within Meade County (where Bear Butte is located).

Ed Iron-Cloud III, District 27 Pine Ridge
Kevin Killer, District 27 Pine Ridge
Dean Schrempp, District 28A, Cheyenne River
Phil Jensen, District 33 Meade and Pennington
Dean Wink, District 29 Meade and Butte

Governor Daugaard
http://sd.gov/governor/contact.aspx

Senator Bradford
sen.bradford@state.sd.us

Senator Adelstein
Sen.adelstein@state.sd.us

Senator Haverly
Sen.maher@state.sd.us

Senator Maher
Sen.maher@state.sd.us

Senator Nelson
Sen.nelson@state.sd.us

Senator Nygaard
Sen.nygaard@state.sd.us

Senator Putnam
Sen.putnum@state.sd.us

Senator Rhoden
Sen.rhoden@state.sd.us

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