FROM: Judy Warnick, BCHW Legislative Co-Chair
DATE: February 11, 2006
The Backcountry Horseman of Washington came to Olympia!
We had a great turnout for our February 9, 2006 Legislative
Day. With over 60 members attending the event, I would classify it as a
Mark Gjurasic and Terry Kohl from Public Affairs of
Washington LLC, our lobbying firm, were very impressed with the interest and
enthusiasm that BCHW has for the political process.
A few unqualified successes from that day include:
- Meeting with Lt. Governor Brad Owens to request support
for the Right to Ride Livestock on Federal Land Act of 2005 (S. 781 and HR
586). He signed a letter of support and mailed it to Senators Cantwell and
Murray on Friday, February 10th. (He also thought we had at least
200 members in Olympia that day maybe all our cowboy hats and busy members
gave a bigger impression than we intended? I have no problem with that!)
- Obtaining full sign up sheets for both the House and
Senate on our proposed Joint Memorials directed to President Bush, the Speaker
of the House of Representatives and each member of Congress from the State of
Washington. The bills were dropped and have received the numbers HJM 4042 and
SJM 8041. We are attempting to get hearings for both at this time.
- All attendees either met with their legislators or
dropped off information to their staff. Lots of BCHW calendars and copies of
the THN were given out along with our position papers on the Memorials.
- Louise Caywood, from the Capitol Riders Chapter, brought
the BCHW - LNT Trailer for display. We even picked up a new member to BCHW
because of it being parked outside the Capitol. Way to go Louise!
- Lunch at Ramlin Jacks Restaurant was filled to capacity
with attendees hearing from Rep. Jim McCune (Dist 2 R) about the political
climate and what it takes to get things done in Olympia. Thanks to Jaceil
Easton for inviting him to our luncheon. (Unfortunately our other invited
guest, Rep. Lynn Kessler (Dist 24 D) was unable to break away from the House
Floor to attend.)
- Jeff Chapman from the Buckhorn Range Chapter and Bob
Mayer from the Crab Creek Riders Chapter brought displays for the Washington
Wildlife and Recreation Coalition Reception that evening. They put together
an impressive amount of information regarding BCHW and the trails we
- While attending the WWRC reception, several members
spoke to Former Governor Mike Lowry who also pledged support of our Right to
Ride Program! He is expected to send a letter of support to our Congressional
Delegation as well.
- BCHW President, Bob Shonka, was unable to attend our
Legislative Day, however he is working on support from Governor Christine
Gregoires office as well!
All in all, I am very impressed with the accomplishments of
our 2006 Legislative Day and thank everyone who had any part in making this day
Finally, please watch the THN and the BCHW website for more
information on the VIP Rides planned for June 24th.
BCHW Legislative Co-Chair