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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Raw Milk Bill Public Hearing in Eau Claire goes on 'TIL THE COWS COME HOME

Farmers and consumers gathered to testify against government (DATCP) involvement in consumer food choices at the Assembly/Senate committee hearing yesterday.

This hearing was poorly chaired.  Held in Eau Claire at the Tech. College, two overflow rooms were needed to hold the crowd.  Senator Vinehout (D) 31st District, put no time limits on the public speakers. Wisconsin Taxpayers were not given priority. I left at 5 p.m. A total of 40 people had testified at that point, with 120 more to go. Ridiculous! A woman from France, someone from Illinois, Michigan, etc., etc., all were given precedence over Wisconsinites. Perhaps Sen. Vinehout thought everyone would get tired and go home as most everyone at this inconvenient Eau Claire location had to drive for hours to attend. My prayer? I hope they are there "til the cows come home." Over 600 in attendance; at least 95% testified for the bill; 5% against.  The bureaucrats were clearly outnumbered.  I'll drop a link to Wisconsin Eye's coverage of this hearing when it's posted.  Until then, here's some footage:

Sen. Kreitlow/Sen. Danou introduce the SB434 Raw Milk Bill:

DATCP (Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection) representative testifies against SB434:

DATCP administrator Steve Ingham testifies against SB434:

UPDATE:  Session ended about 8 p.m., with most people giving up and leaving due to inability to spend the night and/or unwillingness to put family at risk in the dense fog.

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