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[greenyes] BOTTLE BILL HEARING IN BOSTON, TUES OCT 18TH AT 10:30 AM


FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO LIVE IN MASSACHUSETTS, YOU MAY WANT TO BE AWARE OF A
BOTTLE BILL HEARING SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY,
OCTOBER 18TH AT 10 AM IN BOSTON
Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, 10:00 AM, State
House, Room A-2


Sierra Club, MASSPIRG, and other environmental groups, have sponsored
legislation in conjunction with Rep. Douglas Petersen (H1379) to update the
bottle bill, adding water, sports drinks, teas, and other beverages. This
update includes ?new age? drinks, bottled water, iced teas, and sports
drinks, plus other beverages.

Sen. Robert O?Leary has introduced legislation to repeal the bottle bill,
and replace it with a New Jersey style litter tax. His ?Tax On Everything
Bill? would tax consumers, businesses, manufacturers, restaurants, grocers,
and just about everything else ? in a massive bureaucratic effort that
wouldn?t even raise enough to clean up all the new litter that would be
created. The NJ Litter Tax, being promoted by the bottling industry as
?better? than the bottle bill, is a failure in New Jersey. Importing it to
Massachusetts would be a giant step backwards.




If you think the state's bottle bill should be expanded and/or you oppose
repeal of the bottle bill........



* Come to the hearing. As you know, a good turnout will help the bills
passage.

* Submit written testimony for the hearing.
* Send a letter to the editor of your local paper. Sample letters are at
www.sierraclubmass.org





PHIL SEGO

MASSACHUSETTS SIERRA CLUB

phil@no.address

617.492.1032


OR



JEN BAKER

MASSPIRG

jen.baker@no.address

617 292 4800


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