Sunday, March 24, 2013

The time I was validated by the Oxford Environmental Commission after creating a piece of fracking legislation without any formal guidence.

On Wednesday, March 6th I went to my second Oxford Environmental Commission meeting and presented my legislation to them. I was afforded a ten minutes on the official agenda; they ended up speaking with me for just over 50. I don't really know why they gave me so much time, as they had other stuff to discuss and were probably there for at least another hour, but it made me feel appreciated.

They had the only legally-trained person on the board look it over, and she said it looked good. Councilwomen Kate Rousmaniere, who sits on the commission, requested I put together something of a "cover letter" that would explain where I took the different ideas or language presented in the legislation from, so as to provide some form of rational for the potential law to whomever would be evaluating it along the legal process. I am in the process of creating this, and will present it to the commission at their next meeting on Wednesday, April 3rd. At this time they will vote on a resolution that would either give it their recommendation or lack there of, and it will be moved on to be presented to city council. Due to the circumstantial timeline of my project and how I will no longer be in Oxford come mid-May, they are trying to have the legislation expedited to the council, and I will ideally be presenting my work to them on Tuesday, April 16th. To my knowledge, they will not vote on it at this time, if at all. Essentially after the presentation, the whole thing is out of my hands, so it does not matter where I am geographically located at the time, and that is the place in which I want to be when I am completed with my creative project.

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