Controversial “Roadside Tree” Bill Defeated in Subcommittee

HB 178, a bill proposing a variety of new rules and restrictions governing the removal and management of roadside trees, was defeated in ae House Environment and Transportation subcommittee. Many stakeholders had raised concerns with the original bill. The Committee had drafted and considered a wide range of amendments and changes to the bill’s scope and effect, but ultimately the subcommittee vote was unfavorable.

MACo had submitted testimony suggesting that multiple amendments were needed to make the bill workable:

HB 178 would make significant changes to DNR’s existing tree care requirements and create major new costs and potentially double tree replacement requirements for county
governments. If the Committee were to move this bill, the proposed MACo amendments would mitigate these two issues.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties
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