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Saying No To Town Meeting Delay, House OKs New ACT 250

Concern about new Act 250 review for development next to ‘land trust’ property left unaddressed By Guy Page February 28, 2020 – Deciding to not wait after Town Meeting, the House today approved H926, the proposed revision of Act 250, the 50-year-old land use and development law.  The bill passed 88-52 despite no votes by Read More…

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Act 250 and the Perfect Climate Conscious State

In January 2019 the commission to review and update Act 250 presented a well written report. Its recommendations are now the subject of 94-page bill (H.926) to dramatically reshape the state’s land use and development act. On the plus side, in light of its 50 years in force, Act 250 was certainly due, or overdue, Read More…

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After, It’s Too Late To Vote ‘NO’

Well intentioned legislation can have unexpected, costly results. The current session of the Vermont Legislature features several sweeping environmental and land-use bills and proposals. Most notably are H.926 – Act 250: The Next 50 Years (Act 250 2.0), H.688 – the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) and PR.9 – Read More…

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Vermont Woodlands Association Legislative Update – Week 4

WEEK 4: INCLUDED IN THIS UPDATE Medical Monitoring  Chlorpyrifos /Glyphosate  Use Value Appraisal Act   ACT 250 Paid Family Leave  Minimum Wage from the Retail and Grocers Association Bills of Interest MEDICAL MONITORING S-37 An act relating to medical monitoring This bill proposes to hold any person who releases a toxic substance strictly, jointly, and severally liable Read More…

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Vermont Woodlands Association Legislative Update – Week 3

WEEK 3: INCLUDED IN THIS UPDATE Governor’s Budget Act 250 Milk Bonding Senate Agriculture Committee Paid Family Leave Minimum Wage GOVERNOR’S BUDGET OVERVIEW Supports FY2021 General Fund total appropriations of $1.702 billion. Funds a suite of economic development initiatives, including investment incentives, a convertible loan program and grants to rural entrepreneurs. Invests in cutting-edge technology Read More…

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Act 250 Revisions Move Forward

Reading about the Legislature’s ongoing effort to revise Act 250, Vermont’s land use and development law, is both intimidating and important. And that’s a problem. Eyes unused to environmental regulatory language are apt to glaze over after just a few paragraphs discussing “criteria” and “jurisdiction.” And there are a lot of paragraphs. New ideas, testimony Read More…

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Vermont Woodlands Association Legislative Update – Week 2

WEEK 2 Welcome to the 2020 Legislative Update. I will be providing a weekly update of the issues, bills, committee meetings and hearings of the Vermont Legislature. The 2020 legislature session began on January 7th, there have been numerous new bills introduced and several bills that did not pass last year, are being revisited. If Read More…

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Supreme Court Enforces Citizens’ Rights Over Trump AG’s Argument

John McClaughry On June 21 the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion on a case with enormous consequences for landowners facing takings of their property by government. In doing so the conservative majority overrode both the liberal Justices and the Trump Administration. Rose Mary Knick’s Pennsylvania property included a small private cemetery, allegedly the last Read More…