With strong bipartisan support, the Senate rejected an amendment from Sen. Ron Collins (R-York) that would have reduced the current, scientifically-supported 250 foot vernal pool consultation zone down to 75 feet. Significant vernal pools are seasonal wetlands that provide critical habitat for a variety of wildlife, including wood frogs, spotted salamanders, and wood turtles, and serve as feeding areas for deer, bear, moose and birds. The existing 250 foot zone for significant vernal pools is not a no-build zone, but rather requires consultation and careful planning to receive a permit.

Status: Bill passed and signed by the Governor without anti-environment amendment


Score of 100? Senator Party - District Vote
Thomas B. SavielloRepublican - 17
Roger L. ShermanRepublican - 0


Senator Party - District Vote
Ronald F CollinsRepublican - 34
Bill DiamondDemocrat - 26
Dawn HillDemocrat - 0
Troy Dale JacksonDemocrat - 1
Roger J. KatzRepublican - 15
Brian D. LangleyRepublican - 0
Garrett Paul MasonRepublican - 0
Michael D. ThibodeauRepublican - 0
Rodney L. WhittemoreRepublican - 0

Votes / Roll Calls:

DateDescYeaNayNo VoteAbsentTotalPassedChamber
01/01/2011Roll Call8300111
Ronald F CollinsNay
Bill DiamondYea
Dawn HillYea
Troy Dale JacksonYea
Roger J. KatzYea
Brian D. LangleyYea
Garrett Paul MasonNay
Thomas B. SavielloYea
Roger L. ShermanNay
Michael D. ThibodeauYea
Rodney L. WhittemoreYea