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.