I am a freelance writer and I am going to write about this important "public access" topic too. Please Google and review some of the above articles and email me your thoughts at [email protected] I may use some of your comments in my next newspaper column. Please try to get me your comments no later than August 10th, 2015. Thanks, Jim Furley
Railroad Track Trespassing
First of all, I would like to thank Dean Bortz, Patrick Durkin and others for bringing this important topic to the public's attention.
My story is finished. I have sent the story and pictures to small daily and weekly newspapers from Wausau south to the northern fringes of Illinois. Publishers can run the article free-of-charge in their print editions, websites and/or on their Facebook page. If you haven't seen it yet in your favorite publication, call the editor and ask them to publish it.
Thanks and tight lines, Jim Furley
Please make at least e-mail contact with politicians who are supposed to represent us not a Texas based mega rail road.
some legislator tried adding the repeal of the law to the state budget
the budget was vetoed because of that late addition
"State Railroad Commissioner Jeff Plale says the provision started as an effort to address concerns about people trying to access fishing areas along the Mississippi River, but somehow transformed into a full repeal in the budget writing process. Plale says the fishing access issue is something they can fix without having to repeal an important law that protects public safety, either by putting in safe crossings or working with local officials. As written, he says "it opens up railroad trespass carte blanche throughout the state. I think it's just wrong-headed."
is that how the law reads?