We are now in the seventh week of the 2021 legislative session. There will be the traditional recess the first week of March for Town Meeting. We will then be back in session until the middle of May when we will adjourn for the year. Of course this is all subject to change. Remember last year we had a special session late in the summer, so it all depends on the circumstances.
In all likelihood we will not be meeting in person at the Statehouse for the remainder of this session. Hopefully that will be a different story next January.
There is a bill in Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife that if enacted will have an affect on all of us. It is H.175-the bottle bill. This bill proposes to increase the deposit from five cents to ten cents. It has been at five cents since the deposit program was started around 1970. The bill also proposes to expand the deposit-redemption system to include water bottles, wine bottles, and containers for all non carbonated and carbonated drinks except for milk and other dairy products.
We are taking testimony and discussing this bill, but as of this writing no action or vote has been taken.
Thank you for your time.
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