2018 Senate Bill 1188

Restrict local restrictions on property owner tree removal

Introduced in the Senate

Nov. 8, 2018

Introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R-38)

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.

Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

Nov. 29, 2018

Reported without amendment

With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.

Amendment offered

To move back the date the bill goes into effect.

The amendment passed by voice vote

Passed in the Senate 23 to 15 (details)

Received in the House

Nov. 29, 2018

Referred to the Committee on Local Government