Vermont Lake Champlain cleanup bill clears 1 House committee; several hurdles remain

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MONTPELIER, Vermont — A wide-ranging bill to clean up Lake Champlain has won approval in one Vermont House committee, but several hurdles remain.

House Bill 35 is on its way to the Agriculture Committee after the Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources committee approved it on a 7-2 vote on Friday.

The bill provides new funding and requirements for farms, municipalities and developers to control runoff flowing into rivers that feed Lake Champlain.

It's to be paid for in part with an increase in Vermont's rooms and meals tax, which goes to 9 and a half cents on the dollar, and the tax on alcohol served in restaurants and bars, which goes from 10 to 10 and a half cents on a dollar.

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