Vermont Felt Sole Ban a Done Deal

As we reported in April, Vermont had been moving a ban on felt soles quickly through the state legislature. Yesterday we learned that on May 29 Vermont Governor Jim Douglas signed H.488 into law, banning the use of felt-soled boots and felt waders as of April 1, 2011 in all Vermont waters. The bill says: “It is unlawful to use external felt-soled boots or external felt-soled waders in the waters of Vermont, except that a state or federal employee or emergency personnel, including fire, law enforcement, and EMT personnel, may use external felt-soled boots or external felt-soled waders in the discharge of official duties.”

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