Massachusetts Senate to debate environmental bill

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BOSTON (AP) -- The Massachusetts Senate is planning to debate a $1.7 billion, four-year environmental bond bill.

The legislation is set to come up for debate Thursday and is intended to help preserve and improve land, parks and renewable energy resources in the state.

Among the proposed spending included in the bond bill is $100M for costs associated with the dredging of Boston Harbor and New Bedford Harbor and another $100M for the Department of Conservation and Recreation for the design, construction and preservation of forests, parks, harbor islands, and other recreational facilities.

The bill would authorize other actions including requiring state environmental officials to identify areas where deer overpopulation is harming forestation, water resources, or plant growth on state land and to develop a plan to cull deer herds by October, 2014.


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