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The legislature's Environment Committee has unanimously passed a bill onto the House for further consideration about aquatic invasive species' effects on lakes, and related funding. The measure requires the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection to submit a report to lawmakers on the amount of revenue collected from the Aquatic Invasive Species fees, and the value and purpose of any grants to municipalities and not-for-profit organizations awarded from the Connecticut Lakes, Rivers and Ponds Preservation account.  The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles must send information to DEEP's Commissioner about the monies collected at the DMV through a fee on license renewals that pays for the stamp.  The final report can include any recommendations  on additional means for funding projects to control or eradicate aquatic invasive species by municipalities and lake authorities.

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