Business Now: Tree bill could grow controversial
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House Bill 1377, if approved, would prohibit local government from dictating what trees can and can’t be cut down.
For more watch the video above and read the Austin Business Journal story here.
As Austin Business Journal
Editor Colin Pope points out, this could be a polarizing issue in a town with both lots of development and lots of environmentally-0minded activists.
The City of Austin currently has a number of regulations controlling tree cutting, especially for what are considered “heritage trees” – old trees greater than two feet in diameter.
The bill, filed by Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, is still in the Urban Affairs Committee, so there’s still plenty of time for the two sides to argue their points.