Big hike in fees for DES permits clears first vote in House
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A bill that would double and in some cases triple state fees for things like excavating, dredging and maintaining dry docks cleared its first test in the House, in a party-line vote with all Republicans opposed.
HB 682, authorizing increases in 20 different Department of Environmental Services fees for work in wetlands, shorelands and alteration of surface permits, passed its first vote in the House, 201-147. Only four Democrats joined Republicans in voting against the bill.
The Resources, Recreation and Development Committee was divided 10-9 in support of the bill, which now moves to Ways and Means for a second review before returning to the House for another vote.