In late August, the Legislature failed to enact an LMF Bond for the voters to consider this November. While clearly a setback, this is not the end of the story. LMF supporters will bring a bond proposal back in January 2020 and continue to press to see it sent to the voters, perhaps as early as June 2020.
The failure to pass a conservation bond this year was largely the result of broader policy differences between Democrats and Republicans. Bipartisan support for LMF has not been this high in the legislature since passage of the $50 million conservation bond in 1999. In fact, many legislators who voted no on the bond in August have committed to supporting LMF in 2020.
LMF supporters view this latest development as a setback and not a defeat. A plan is in place to keep the effort moving forward, and we all have a role to play. Over the next four months, take the opportunity to connect with local legislators: thank those who supported the LMF bond in 2019 and encourage all to support a conservation bond in 2020.
Here are the roll call votes on the LMF bond to see how individual legislators voted.