Natural Resources Update

By Linda Hanson

Legislative action dominates our concerns for treatment of our natural resources.

In the Budget Bill, HB 1001: 

a) $780,000/year boost to IDEM drinking water staff failed, so there was no boost in the budget for safe drinking water at a time when HB 1266 also passed….

b) $10 million/year for the Benjamin Harrison Trust to save endangered natural areas was reduced to less than $1million/year in the appropriations.

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HB 1266

Risks increasing sediment pollution of our lakes and rivers, passed.
(Senator Lanane voted against the bill.)

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HB 1331

Reduces regulatory burdens on prospective solar panel owners, failed.
(Senator Lanane supported and voted in favor of the bill.)

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