Wednesday, September 17, 2014

House Amends HB 1565 To Make Stream Buffers Preferred Option, But Still Eliminates Current Mandate

The full House Wednesday amended House Bill 1565 (Hahn-R-Northampton) that would eliminate the nearly 4 year old requirement for stream buffers in High Quality and Exceptional Value streams to make buffers a “preferred” option, but the bill still retains the language eliminating the buffer requirement.
Rep. Chris Ross (R-Chester) offered the amendment which was agreed to and passed by a vote of 191 to 0.
Eight other amendments were offered to retain the current buffer requirement or make other changes, but those were defeated largely along party lines.
The bill will now be referred to the House Appropriations Committee for consideration and will likely be put in position for a final vote next week.

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