Blog :: 02-2008
The House Fish, Wildlife and Natural Resources chaired by David Deen (D-Westminster) has continued its work on H.549 a bill that would implement a 50-foot waterway buffer around all waters of the state. The committee was scheduled to vote the bill out on Friday, but do to strong opposition from many in the regulated community and also with concerns from the Agency of Natural Resources the committee postponed the vote and will continue to work on the bill over the next couple of weeks. The HBRA would like to thank members from Rutland that called their local representative on the committee to voice their concerns about the bill. It is clear that their efforts helped in slowing down this bill. The HBRA still has concerns that streams that only flow part of the year, called intermittent streams, are still included in this bill. The association will continue to push for its removal. Thank you to our local homebuilder association forproviding us this information and keepingus abreast as to what is being proposed in Montpelier during this legislative session. If you are for housing in Vermont, call your legislator and tell them that you are against this bill.
The Senate Commerce, Housing, General and Military Committee began to take up testimony last week on a bill, S.226, which would mandate that all new smoke detectors installed be photoelectric detectors. Currently builders are only required to install either ionization or photoelectric smoke detectors. Local firefighters have begun a recent push to only allow photoelectric detectors to be installed. They believe these photoelectronic detectors to be safer. Many studies conducted by Underwriter Laboratories and others though seem to indicate that there is no statistical difference between the two. The HBRA is currently coordinating with the committee to take expert testimony from the NAHB building codes department on this issue. Stay tuned for more updates on this topic and more during our legislative session. (HBRA) stands for Homebuilders and Remodelers Association in our local area. They have provided us this information in an attempt to keep us informed on current legislative issues being discussed in Montpelier.