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NOTES FROM THE SENATE, APRIL 21, 2017
NEW LICENSE FEES TOP NATURAL RESOURCE LEGISLATION

There was not an abundance of legislation affecting natural resources or the environment this session, but as usual there was much discussion of issues. One piece of legislation that did not pass was the shoreline protection bill, which set out a new way of measuring the shore/property line. The bill generated a good bit of opposition and did not pass. (More)
NOTES FROM THE SENATE, APRIL 14, 2017
MARCH REVENUES ONLY SLIGHTLY IMPROVED

March state revenues of $1.566 billion showed a 2.1% growth for the month, motor fuel collections go negative. Motor Fuel excise taxes and fees collections have been adding to the state total monthly and obscuring slow revenue growth this fiscal year. This month, negative excise taxes (-2.0%) and hotel/motel fees (-2.3%) detracted from revenues while Highway Impact Fees increased considerably ($1,504,000). (More)
NOTES FROM THE SENATE, APRIL 10, 2017
RETROSPECT ON THE 2017 SESSION

Some things never change. The perception that the 2017 Session of the General Assembly (a) was a do-nothing session (b) moved the state forward or (c) did no harm, is all in the eye of the beholder. For some, if their one issue wasn't settled satisfactorily, then the session is a failure. For a legislator, success is measured in whether one's bills passed or failed and still may rest on the Governor's signature.
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