This week I am reporting on other House committees’ work. The bills I discuss will benefit our district’s workforce and economic development. I also provide information on a bill that aims to address the motor vehicle inspection issue many of you have contacted me about.
• Agriculture and Forestry: The committee is considering two bills that would greatly benefit our district. First, the committee began consideration of S.101, a bill that would create a Vermont right to conduct forestry operations by creating a rebuttable presumption that a person conducting conventional forestry practices, in compliance with the acceptable management practices for maintaining water quality on logging jobs in Vermont and other applicable law, does not constitute a public or private nuisance.
House Agriculture took considerable testimony on this important bill and heard from forestry businesses around the state, counsel for the Vermont Natural Resource Council, farmers with some forestry practices incorporated into their operations, a New England-wide forestry consultant, the president and a board member of Vermont Woodlands Association, and citizens with land in current use about the importance of forestry