Friday, April 23, 2010

Natural Vegetation Bill "Killed" for Session States Environment Committee Co-Chair

In an open letter dated April 15, 2010 to "Environment Advocates and Other Interested Persons" Senator Ed Meyer, co-chair of the Environment Committee, announced that the Planning and Development Committee of the General Assembly "killed" the Natural Vegetation Bill, File No. 190 by failing to act on it during its April 14th meeting. In the letter Senator Meyer sets forth procedurally what occurred (or didn't) leading up to the Planning and Development Committee's failure to vote on the bill. I attach the letter to establish that it was not a dispute on the merits that sealed the bill's fate. The internecine battles in the political arena have obscured whether any policy issues were considered.

Is the "killed" bill dead? It's not over until it's over. Resurrection may just be one amendment away.

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