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2018 Senate Bill 1188: Restrict local restrictions on property owner tree removal
Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R) on November 8, 2018
To preempt local governments from restricting residents in trimming or cutting down trees that are located on private property with an agricultural, business, commercial, or industrial zoning classification, except for “heritage trees” as defined in the bill. Locals would also be restricted from imposing a “mitigation” mandate on property owners that requires them to plant other trees or pay a fee. “Heritage trees” are defined as those of specified species with a specified trunk diameter.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Natural Resources Committee on November 8, 2018
Reported in the Senate on November 29, 2018
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered in the Senate on November 29, 2018
To move back the date the bill goes into effect.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on November 29, 2018
Passed 23 to 15 in the Senate on November 29, 2018.
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(same description)
To preempt local governments from restricting residents in trimming or cutting down trees that are located on private property with an agricultural, business, commercial, or industrial zoning classification, except for “heritage trees” as defined in the bill. Locals would also be restricted from imposing a “mitigation” mandate on property owners that requires them to plant other trees or pay a fee. “Heritage trees” are defined as those of specified species with a specified trunk diameter.
Received in the House on November 29, 2018
Referred to the House Local Government Committee on November 29, 2018

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