A conservation bill vetoed by Governor Phil Scott on Thursday is raising the ire of lawmakers and environmental groups

A conservation bill vetoed by Governor Phil Scott on Thursday is raising the ire of lawmakers and environmental groups. The measure aimed at protecting biodiversity came out of Vermont’s Climate Action Plan and is the second major climate initiative to get the ax from the governor. House Bill 606 would have required Vermont to come up with a plan to conserve 30% of Vermont’s land area by 2030 and 50% by 2050. Right now the state has 24% of its land in conservation. Supporters say the measure is aimed at preserving land in the face of climate change and development and that it aligns with White House efforts. Conservation groups warn that the veto — along with another recent veto on an Act 250 reform bill – could lead to poor community planning. The Republican governor has faced a Democratic majority his entire tenure in office and the policy differences reached a crescendo this past session. This latest veto brings the governor’s career veto tally to 33 — 10 of them this session. And four of them after lawmakers went home for the summer. Lawmakers did not schedule an override session before adjourning, saying it is a practice to be avoided 

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