We have just finished the fifth week of the 2021 legislative session.
Many bills are still being introduced on a daily basis, and are being assigned to the appropriate committees.
My assigned Committee, Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife has received bills that are related to water quality, wetlands, herbicides, pesticides, hearing protection in relation to firearms, septic systems, beverage container laws, intentional release of balloons, licensing related to trapping, and Act 250.
The Act 250 bill is a 45 page bill that is more streamlined than the one that was vetoed last biennium. This bill is an attempt to update and modernize Vermont’s land use and development law that was enacted in 1970. It will be a time consuming process that I am sure will draw much attention as we work through this bill.
The Governor also gave his Budget Address to the Joint Assembly. He proposed a 6.8 billion dollar fiscal year 2022 budget using a 210 million dollar one time federal funding for economic recovery. There would be no increase in taxes, fees, or cuts in essential services.
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