Letter from Rainbow Legaliaison 2/6/93

Rainbow Legaliaison
P.O. Box 27217
Washington, D.C. 20038

February 6, 1993

Senator John Glenn's Office
ATT: Bob Alvarez
340 Dirksen Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20111

Dear Mr. Alvarez,

You may recall that a couple of years ago the National Forest Service proposed a regulation which -- through the requirement of permits, performance bonds and insurance -- would have created a serious restriction on the right of the people to peaceably assemble on public lands.

That proposal was quietly abandoned, but one of the departing regime's parting shots was another partially finished regulatory scheme to transform the "right" of peaceable assembly on public lands into a "privilege," subject to the whim of government.

In its final hours the departing Bush administration exempted a rulemaking which would RESTRICT PEACEABLE ASSEMBLY ON PUBLIC LANDS from the regulatory moratorium which been extended by Bush during his election campaign.

Subsequently, on January 22, Leon Panetta, the new Director of the Office of Management and Budget imposed a suspension of regulatory publication to allow the new Administration opportunity to become familiar with and make their own decisions on pending regulatory matters.

Yet NFS has specifically stated that it "still hope(s) to publish the proposed rule soon, so ... we can adopt a final rule before the summer."

This regulation is unnecessary and unAmerican. The new administration should be encouraged to scrap this proposed regulation as an intolerable affront to the First Amendment.

Your attention to this matter is greatly appreciated.

For peace through reason,

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