Rep. Ackert Attends Bill Signing for Aquatic Invasive Species Legislation

Posted on July 11, 2019 by admin


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HARTFORD – State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) joined Governor Lamont to celebrate the approval of Public Act 19-190 “An Act Requiring an Invasive Species Stamp for the Operation of a Motorboat on the Waters of the State” on July 9th.

The legislation would levy an annual $5 fee for in-state registered water craft to fund aquatic invasive species remediation, out of state vessels would be charged $20. The bill requires that at least 80% of the funds must be used for invasive species clean up and prevention.

Rep. Ackert co-sponsored the legislation, testifying before the Environment Committee, “Since the time I have served in the legislature the lakes in my district have had to deal with combating one or another type of invasive plants. In Vernon and Bolton, it was Fanwort and myself along with other local legislators were able to secure funding for the treatment of that Lake. Coventry Lake has been battling with success a more aggressive plant, Hydrilla.”

The law will take effect January 1, 2020. Read More.