S.321, the bill that had the restrictions on hunting bears with dogs and the restructuring of the Vermont F&W Board added as amendments has been withdrawn.
Invoking Senate Rule 50, Senator Alice Nitka (D) Windsor, moved to have her bill, S.321 withdrawn, because of the above stated amendments having been added to the bill in the Senate Natural Resources Committee.
The Rule 50 withdrawal motion was on the Senate Calendar for the senate floor proceedings of today and there was no objection to the withdrawal. So, S.321 has been withdrawn.
There were aspects of S.321 that were being sought by the VT F&W Department. It was unfortunate that the unnecessary bear hunting and board restructuring amendments were added to the bill. But, it was better to withdraw the bill than let these unfavorable amendments continue forward.
In the parliamentary proceedings of the legislature this does not mean there will not be new attempts to amend other bills to include these unfavorable bear hunting or board restructuring in other bills. But, S.321 has been withdrawn as a vehicle for these actions.
The withdrawal of a bill by its senate sponsor is very, very unusual.