Judiciary Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-5655

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING A PROPERTY OWNER'S LIABILITY FOR THE EXPENSES OF REMOVING A FALLEN TREE OR LIMB.

Vote Date:

3/10/2017

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

2/24/2017

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Rep. Fred Camillo, 151st DIST.

Rep. Rosa Rebimbas, 70th DIST.

REASONS FOR BILL:

This is an improved version of a bill introduced in 2014, that passed both chambers. It would impose the expense for removing a tree or limb that falls on an adjoining neighbors property to the owner of the property that owns the tree. Proposed by Rep. Camillo and influenced by his constituents.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None Submitted

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Representative Fred Camillo

Rep. Camillo proposed a very similar bill in 2014 and is now proposing HB5655. He believes that it is a very relevant situation. It proposes that any limb or tree that falls from a real property owners yard to an adjacent yard, the tree owner must pay for the removal of such limb or tree. A licensed arborist must be hired by the party seeking action to determine that the tree is diseased, dead or hazardous.

Connecticut Forest and Park Association, Executive Director Eric Hammerling

The CFPA believed that this bill had been carefully and thoroughly thought and revised. In doing so Rep. Camillo and Rep Rebimbas have perfected this bill to make it so any private property owner that has a tree or limb fall in a neighboring yard needs to pay for the removal of such. This bill does not unintentionally encourage the removal of healthy private trees or tip the balance against land trust properties or those with easements held by land trusts, water company lands where trees serve as important water quality buffers, or lands enrolled in the P.A.490 program that are intended to protect trees

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None Submitted

Reported by: Christopher Hamilakis

Date: March 13, 2017