Under the Dome

GOP's plan to rewrite Jordan Lake protections not popular with local delegation

A side note to one of the controversial bills that sped through crossover week this week.

SB515, which would repeal current environmental protections at Jordan Lake so that new ones could be written, is a GOP-promoted idea. But not all Republicans are on board.

The three Republican senators whose districts include parts of Jordan Lake voted against it, although they didn’t take part in the floor debate. That would be Sens. Neil Hunt, Tamara Barringer and Chad Barefoot.

The bill could run into similar opposition in the House, which has several members whose districts also lap up against the shores of the lake, which provides drinking water for about 300,000 people and is a popular recreation site.

House Speaker Pro Tem Paul “Skip” Stam, Republican from Apex, said Friday he is against the bill, but allowed that it could be amended to address his concerns.

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